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California restaurant asks Latina customers for ID before serving them

By Mason White 3:53 PM March 21, 2017
Diana Carrillo
Diana Carrillo
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A restaurant in California, sparked outrage after a waiter asked Latina customers for their identification cards before serving them.

Diana Carrillo filed a complaint after being asked to show proof of U.S. residency while dining at the Saint Marc Pub-Cafe in Huntington Beach.

Diana Carrillo was joined by her sister Brenda Carrillo and friend Ely Santillan. They described themselves as light-skinned Latinas, and they were all asked for ID.

“A few friends and I went to Saint Marc 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 a** 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,” Carrillo wrote on Facebook.

The company has responded to her comment on Facebook.

“This very unfortunate incident has been handled internally through the termination of the employee at fault. We also contacted the guest and plan to donate 10 percent of this weekend’s sales to the charity of her choice.

“In no way are the actions of this former employee representative of the Saint Marc brand nor are they reflective of the opinions of anyone else on our team, including executive management.

“We have always celebrated being part of the diverse Huntington Beach community, which means valuing all guests and treating every individual with respect,” a spokesperson for the restaurant wrote on Facebook.

After learning that the waiter had been fired, Carrillo told the restaurant that she wanted the donations to be given to the Orange County Immigrant Youth United.