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Olive Garden customer demands non-Black server

Olive Garden said the manager has been fired.

 

Samira Sadeque

IRL

Published Mar 5, 2020

A white customer at an Olive Garden loudly demanded that she be assisted with a non-Black server, and the manager agreed to the request, according to Facebook posts by a Black hostess.

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In a now-deleted Facebook post, Amira Donahue shared what happened during the dinner rush Saturday at the chain restaurant in Evansville, Indiana.

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Donahue wrote that the woman was “standing in the way” at the busy restaurant, and Donahue said “excuse me” to get by told the woman to “have a nice day.”

Donahue, who NBC reports is 16-years-old, said the woman commented then commented her family that Donahue “should work at a strip club.”

“People dont understand that we’re children!” Donahue wrote. “That lady said awful things about me ‘is she even from here? Is she like Jamaican or something’ (like I don’t speak English).”

Donahue did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

When the woman loudly demanded a non-Black server, the manager complied. 

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A customer named Maxwell Robbins, who witnessed the incident, also shared a post about the incident on Facebook.

I’m never going back to the Olive Garden in Evansville. A few white people come in a says that they refuse service from…

Posted by Maxwell Robbins on Sunday, March 1, 2020

“The manager without hesitation ensures that they will not receive service from a person of color,” Robbins wrote in a post that has since garnered thousands of comments and shares.

An Olive Garden spokesperson told the Daily Dot that the company has terminated the manager.

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After the news of the incident spread, the restaurant started receiving bad reviews on Yelp.

“Any restaurant that caves to a customer’s racism and insults a black server by removing her at the request of the racist does not deserve to be in business,” wrote one reviewer on Tuesday. “I am appalled.”

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*First Published: Mar 5, 2020, 12:24 pm CST