If you want to drink alcohol at a restaurant or bar, you have to show your ID to prove you're 21 years old because that's the law in the US. What isn't common is having to show identification just to get served food, to prove you're a citizen — you know, because it's discrimination.
Unfortunately that's exactly what happened to four Latinas at a California restaurant, and their experience will make your blood boil.
Diana Carrillo was ready to have a girl's day and chow down on some delicious grub at Saint Marc — a food joint in Huntington Beach — until a waiter made a foul, and completely out of line, demand.
According to The Washington Post, the waiter refused to take the women's orders until they showed him proof of residency. "I need to make sure you’re from here," he said.
While they were in a state of shock, they obliged and gave him their IDs. "I looked at my sister and [my friend], and I said, 'did he really just say that?,'" Carrillo explained to The Washington Post. The group of women processed what happened soon thereafter, reported the situation to the manager, and left.
Carrillo's fearlessly going public about the situation along with the power of social media resulted in the waiter being (rightfully) fired.
Although Carrillo's mother — who immigrated to the US and still speaks with an accent — had warned her about this type of aggression being a reality, she had never experienced it herself.
"I think a lot of people think they have the power to discriminate against people more openly than before," Carrillo told the BBC.
Kent Bearden, the senior director of operations at Saint Marc, said that this was the first time the waiter had done "anything like this." He told The Washington Post, "That individual did not treat a table of guests to the expectations that we set forth in that company policy, and that caused him to be terminated."
Despite the restaurant's public response to the situation, many people flooded Carrillo's FB post with comments saying that it was 'FAKE NEWS.'
"Unfortunately it did happen and it happened to me and three other people. We have to bring awareness to racism and address this," Carrillo confirmed.
The restaurant’s management also offered them a "VIP experience" at the restaurant and promised to donate 10% of the weekend’s proceeds to a nonprofit organization of the Latinas' choice.
The group turned down the meal offer, but did ask for the donation to go to Orange County Immigrant Youth United.