A video of a California woman whose credit card was allegedly declined at a restaurant has gone viral after she was seen yelling at a black employee and making racist comments.
Ian Soleimani, an employee of the Boathouse Restaurant in Hendry’s Beach, uploaded the nearly five-minute video to his personal Instagram account, which now has more than 20,000 views. He captioned the video, “Santa Barbara needs to do better. »
The recording begins with the customer arguing with another employee, apparently over an unpaid bill. When the boss noticed Soleimani recording the argument, she turned to him.
“Hi, one of four black men from Santa Barbara,” she said. “Oh, now I am a racist and terrible person. Oh, sorry, just because you’re an obnoxious guy. It’s not your fault you’re black, of course. »
Still upset, the customer turns to the other employee who offers to just “call him a day”.
“It was paid, ma’am, and you refused payment,” the woman told the other employee. “What part of you refusing payment don’t you remember because I know it wasn’t you, it was your Dr. Phil.” »
The woman returns her attention to Soleimani, where she again mentions her race.
“Again, what are you doing?” ” she asked.
Soleimani replies that he is taking a video of the altercation.
“I might get psychotic soon, I’ll probably…I’ll probably get very violent very soon, thank God you’re here,” she said, sarcastically calling Soleimani the “Mother Teresa of Santa Barbara” for recording.
“Again, you got no fish to catch, African-American man?” ” she says. “Don’t you want to go on a boat and go African-American fishing?” »
According to comments on Soleimani’s Instagram post, he was wearing a Santa Barbara Fish Market sweater.
Soleimani said it was not the first time he had been targeted with racist comments at work.
“People have been kicked out of the boathouse a few times for [racially] sadly reasoned comments towards myself,” Soleimani told the Daily Dot. “Having experienced things like this from time to time while this restaurant is open, it just doesn’t surprise me. I just learned to handle it better. »
“I have lived here since 2003 and it happens all the time. This person just got caught. People think it doesn’t exist let alone here and it certainly does. »
Newsweek contacted Soleimani for comment.