A restaurant manager at Chili’s took an African-American military veteran’s food away after a Trump supporter falsely accused him of lying about his service. The restaurant chain is facing a backlash after Ernest Walker, who served in the 25th Infantry Division in the US Army, posted a video of the incident at the chain’s Dallas-area location.
Walker was eating a free meal which Chili’s offers on Veterans Day when an elderly white man in a Donald Trump t-shirt approached him and asked him if he was in the 24th Unit. Walker had his service dog, Barack, with him.
“No, 25th,” he replied.
“They didn’t let you blacks over in World War II.’ That’s exactly what he said to me,” Walker said.
The man literally said, “you blacks” then questioned his service. At that point, the Trump supporter walked to the back of the restaurant and that’s when the manager, who was identified as Wesley Patrick, approached Walker.
“And he said, ‘Sir, we have guests that say that you are not a military veteran.’ I said, ‘excuse me?’” Walker said, according to NBC.
“This overzealous manager comes out, and instead of talking to me man-to-man, he treated me as if I was a black man stealing a meal. Honestly, that’s what it looked like,” Walker said.
“He should have said, ‘thank you for your service; I’m sorry, and I go.’ Instead of him saying that he says to me, ‘well he says your service dog is not real.’”
Walker said he showed his dog’s certification and began shooting the video on his cell phone to record the incident.
“That manager needs to be either reprimanded or fired,” Walker said, according to CBSDFW.
Indeed, this man needs to be fired because the restaurant chain’s Facebook apology isn’t enough:
We’re pretty sure if Walker was white this would never have happened. Raise your hand if you’re surprised that a Trump supporter would do this. Put your hand down, Mr. Trump.
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