WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A customer left a note written on a napkin in a Thai restaurant that demanded the owner to speak English, otherwise, go back to where they came from.
- The message, which was posted by the owner on social media elicited various reactions from Facebook users and local customers who wrote him words of encouragement.
- The owner admitted in an interview that at first he was saddened by the note, but at the same his spirits lifted because of the overwhelming support he received.
An owner of a Thai restaurant in Texas received a racist note ordering him to learn to speak English or go back to his country.
Owner of Thai Thai restaurant Rungsri Rittiluechai shared a photo of a napkin left by a customer on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Nov. 21 and later, on his personal page that read: “If you’re going to live in AMERICA, learn to speak ENGLISH! or, go back to where you came from!”
In reply, the restaurant issued an apology in their Facebook page saying: “Whoever you are, I apologize for that which I wasn’t born with.”
The message has since gone viral and has triggered a wave of outrage that by Tuesday, it has already garnered more than 15,000 reactions and about 3,000 comments with words of encouragement for the restaurant owners and crew.
“That’s awful and totally disgusting,” wrote one person. “Please don’t worry about those jerks. I’m so sorry this happened to you but so many of your customers love you!”
Another person commented: “I’m so sorry people are so hateful. Remember this has everything to do with their own issues and nothing to do with you or your beautiful culture.”
Rittiluechai said in an interview with WVLA/WGMB TV that the response and support he has received over the days were very overwhelming.
“I was torn down a little bit, [but] the response from the customers helped a lot,” he said.
Following up on his original post, Rittiluechai shared a lighter message on Nov. 29 that showed a photo of all the napkins he received from local customers. Like the first one, this follow-up post received 5,000 reactions, with more enthusiastic comments.
While one message read, “Diversity makes strong communities! Thank you for being a part of our community,” another wrote, “We love you! Thank you for being in Lubbock because you add so much to our community!”
“That’s the Lubbock I know, and am proud to be a part of,” wrote one Facebook user who also added, that “Sometimes, you gotta rise above. Thanks for great food and your kindness always.”