Roommates, some Buffalo Wild Wings employees from Illinois will now be standing on the unemployment line after they bit off more than they could chew with a racist customer!
Multiple employees were fired from BWW after a group of black customers were asked to move their table because of the color of their skin, the New York Post reports. Justin Vahl said he was among a party of 18 people, which were asked to move after another customer didn’t “want black people sitting near him”.
A host reportedly asked Vahl about his ethnicity as employees set up tables for the group. Once the party was seated, the employee then told him that one of the restaurant’s regular customers was sitting near by and did not want to sit near black people.
A manager then asked the group to switch tables, according to Vahl and another man with him. Both men said they decided to take their business elsewhere after the request was made. Vahl’s wife said Buffalo Wild Wings staffers told the group that their tables had actually been reserved for other diners, an excuse they didn’t believe.
“In 2019, this type of behavior should not be accepted because of certain views,” Mary wrote in a Facebook post. “If you don’t want to sit next to certain people in a public restaurant then you should probably eat dinner in the comfort of your own home.”
The Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson Charlie Kudlata says the company conducted a thorough, internal investigation, and terminated the employees involved.
“Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” Kudlata said. She also said a service manager and shift manager were fired.
Mary Vahl continued to speak about the situation on Facebook, saying her family will no longer give their business to that Buffalo Wild Wings location.
“A moment to hang out with a group of friends after a birthday party turned into a discussion with young impressionable sons about how we didn’t get kicked out, but willingly CHOSE to leave because of the unfair treatment we were being given,” she wrote. “This Buffalo Wild Wings location has lost our business indefinitely.”