Brooklyn restaurant worker fired over racist comments to customer

NY Daily News 10 months ago

A Brooklyn eatery has fired an employee after she claimed on video that "everybody" knows racism is on the menu.

The footage of the employee at Dumbo Kitchen was posted Sunday evening, prompting widespread outrage on social media.

The confrontation, according to the Instagram post by Jypsy Jeyfree, began when the employee said the restaurant was closing “in the most hateful, disrespectful and rude manner.”

“Your manager doesn’t like black people, honey,” the woman filming tells the employee of the restaurant.

“Everybody in here knows that already!” the employee replies.

DO NOT SPEND MONEY AT @dumbokitchen !!!!! Earlier this evening after a productive photo shoot with @bubicanal we stopped back in at this spot that earlier we purchased bottles of water and coffee . As we awaited my partner return I was approached by this woman who felt the need to tell me the restaurant was closing in the most hateful , disrespectful and rude manner. True racism at its finest ... I talked to her in pleasant and respectful tone pointing out that it's not what you say to people but how you say it as you can see my tone in beginning of the video . She screamed at me that she worked 12 hours and jumped in my face that I can’t leave till y’all leave .. her reaction was to tell me that her manager doesn't like black people and everyone knows that . In her words " THEM " so I am a them now ?! As she straight kicked us out and jumped in my face saying she would beat me up.. This world that we live in is in a spiritual warfare ! I am APPALLED! STOP THE HATE ! Was I threat ? Do y’all hear my tone as I told her you didn’t have to tell me that ? After I asked her for management name .. Why the negative energy ? Please repost ! #stophate #stopracism my heart hurts because I am such a kind and pleasant woman who treats everyone with respect ! Ughhhh and she made me call her out her name as she put her hands and pushed my friend and I out . I am all about women empowerment and sisterhood ! My feelings are so hurt as I know her struggle is internally . Just look at her eyes .. 😞😞😞 #stopbullying #treatothershowyouwanttobetreated @nypost @nydailynews @shaunking #racist #badbusiness who you hire is a reflection of your company @dumbokitchen

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As the worker closed up, she smacked the phone, apparently irritated she was being recorded.

“True racism at its finest,” Jeyfree wrote on Instagram.

As the video was shared on social media, Dumbo Kitchen announced it had fired both the employee and manager on duty that night.

“Hate and Racism will not prevail. We do not stand by the sick comments by our ex-employee for a second. We pride ourselves on fairness and equality. We are taking legal action against these individuals immediately,” the restaurant tweeted.

Dumbo Kitchen in Brooklyn.

(Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

The owner of the business, Adam Ragib, told the Daily News he was considering filing civil claims against the former employee. The NYPD also examined surveillance footage of the incident, though a police spokeswoman said no formal complaint about the crime had been filed.

“It came as an absolute shock. It’s something we don’t believe in for one second,” Ragib said.

There was no truth to the manager being racist, Ragib added.

Efforts to reach Jeyfree were unsuccessful.

Ragib said a free event was planned for Friday, featuring the customer, during which restaurant management will address any community concerns.

With Dale W. Eisinger

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