WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage is an exciting restaurant at Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach CA.
- Diana Carrillo, a business analyst from Orange County, went to Saint Marc Pub-Café with her three girlfriends to have a good meal.
- But Diana and her friends were shocked when a waiter asked for proof of residency before he would serve them.
Diana Carrillo had the shock of her life early this year when she went out to eat with her girlfriends at Saint Marc Pub-Café in Huntington Beach.
She wrote her experience in a Facebook post on March 11, 2017:
“A few friends and I went to Saint Marc’s in Huntington Beach today. My sister and my friend were seated first and the waiter asked them for their “proof of residency” when they ordered a drink. My friend in disbelief repeated what he said and his response was “yeah, I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you.” Not knowing that this happened to them, my friend and I were then seated and he returned to the table and asked us for our “proof of residency.” After fully digesting what he said, we all got up and left to speak to the manager. For a few seconds, I thought maybe he was being a smart ass or joking but the fact that he said “I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you” was completely unacceptable. How many others has he said this too? I hope this employee is reprimanded for his actions. No establishment should tolerate discriminatory actions from their employees.”
The four women gave their IDs to the waiter, but they decided to report him to the pub’s manager. The manager, however, reportedly offered to seat them in a separate section. The women decided to just leave the restaurant and eat somewhere else.
Saint Marc’s senior director of operations, Kent Bearden told The Washington Post that the establishment had fired the waiter following his misconduct. “My concern is that he violated a company policy. We’re very specific about how we treat our guests. 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.”
As expected, Carrillo’s Facebook post went viral with almost 2,000 shares and over 1,000 comments. Saint Marc’s promised to donate 10 percent of its weekend earnings to a nonprofit organization of the women’s choice. The company also offered to host the women with a VIP experience at the restaurant. The four ladies eventually declined the VIP experience offer but asked that the money is donated to Orange County Immigrant Youth United.