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.
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.(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