An Illinois couple who was celebrating a birthday with friends at a Buffalo Wild Wings was asked to change their table because a customer “didn’t want to be near black people” last week.
PIX 11 reports Justin Vahl and his wife, Mary, were celebrating a birthday with close friends at the Naperville location when a host asked about his race. Shortly after, a manager approached Vahl and asked if his party could be moved to another table because a customer refused to sit next to black people. The story was shared on Mary’s Facebook where she described how the situation unfolded.
“After a few minutes we notice that an employee is talking to the “racists table” and approaches us and communicates to Justin and Marcus “these seats are reserved and we will have to move your group.”
“The guys politely tell him that we’re not moving and request to speak to the manager in which he says he’s one of the managers (John). 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.”
A statement by Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson Claire Kudlata said the company is looking into the incident and has a zero-tolerance for discrimination.
“We’re in direct communication with the guest to understand their account of what happened and to offer our deepest apologies for any unacceptable behavior.”
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