WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Miami restaurant worker quits after the owner typed the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” on an order for blackened chicken wings.
- The owner told the kitchen workers that he put the phrase into the ordering machine as a joke.
- After the incident was shared online, the Hole in the Wall Pub’s co-owner apologized for his lame attempt at humor.
In these days of unrest over racist issues, be very careful with your jokes.
In Miami, a restaurant worker quit after its order of blackened chicken wings had an “I Can’t Breathe” phrase on it.
It can be recalled that George Floyd, the Black man who died under the hands of Minneapolis Police, repeatedly said “I can’t breathe” before he eventually died. His death had revived the Black Lives Matter movement and gave birth to worldwide protests against police brutality.
The four officers involved have been fired with one charged with second-degree murder and the remaining three with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Initially brushing it off as a mistake, Brandon Gonzalez, a 25-year-old bar back, noticed the phrase “I can’t breathe” printed on the ticket under the order as he was bringing out a plate of wings. But then Sam Diedrick, one of the owners of the Hole in the Wall Pub, came into the kitchen and explained that he had put the phrase into the ordering machine as a joke.
He has since apologized for his lame attempt at humor.
“We’ve been talking about this whole movement ever since George Floyd was murdered,” he said. “You don’t make a joke about the movement when most of your kitchen staff is Black. I felt like ignoring this would be disrespectful to my friends and everyone who is part of the movement.”
Gonzalez went on to quit after his shift and posted a photo of the order ticket on Twitter.
He wrote, “Yesterday I was at work and my boss, hole in the wall co-founder Sam, thought it’d be funny to change the ‘Blackened’ wings to ‘I Can’t Breathe’”. Attention Miami locals do not support this disgusting establishment. I quit today. #BlackLivesMatter.”
Source: New York Post