Two employees at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Illinois have been fired after they allegedly asked a large group of Black customers to move tables to appease a racist customer.
Customer Mary Vahl posted on Facebook that a group of 18 "mostly consisting of African Americans" tried to get a table at the Naperville location. Vahl says that when they arrived, one of the hosts asked Vahl's husband, "what race are you guys?"
He then asked why their race was important when the employee allegedly informed them a potential table was located next to two of their regular customers, but according to the Vahl - one of them, a white male, "didn't want us sitting there because he's 'racist.'"
"We knew right away who it was because the guy was staring at us the entire time and giving us looks as we were being seated," Vahl added.
"After a few minutes we notice that an employee is talking to the 'racist's table' and approaches us and communicates [that] 'these seats are reserved and we will have to move your group.'"
"Meanwhile, we've told our waitress what was happening and she makes a comment indicating that she's already aware he's a racist because he's a regular," Vahl continued before asking, "How is an establishment OK with serving people who try to control which types of people sit around them? It was not OK that a person of management was willing to move 6 adults and 12 children versus 2 grown adults who are uncomfortable sitting by black folks."
Buffalo Wild Wings confirmed to Newsweek that both the shift manager and a service manager had been fired:
"We take this incident very seriously, and after conducting a thorough, internal investigation have terminated the employees involved," a spokesperson added. "Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind."