Two elderly women were asked to leave a Burger King in Eustis, Florida, after telling the general manager of the franchise, Ricardo Castillo, not to speak Spanish to his employees.
What We Know:
- The clip posted onto Facebook by Neyzha Borrero on July 6, shows Castillo, who is Puerto Rican, shaming the women for being prejudiced before asking them to leave the restaurant after they harassed him for using Spanish. Castillo was speaking in Spanish to a new hire when the women approached him to make a complaint.
- The women were accused of racism for telling Castillo to “go back to your Mexican country” and “speak Mexican at your home!”
- “Guess what ma’am, I’m not Mexican, I’m not Mexican but you’re being very prejudice and I want you out of my restaurant, right now,” Castillo told one of the ladies. “This isn’t your restaurant,” one lady replied.
- Castillo threatened to call the police and have them issue a trespass order. The confrontation continued for a while until both of the ladies eventually decided to leave. The police were not called but Castillo did advise that if the women return, they will file a trespassing order.
- In an interview with Palm Beach Post, Castillo said he was shocked by the ladies’ reaction. Initially, he wondered if he handled the situation properly, but ultimately said he does not regret his reaction.
Burger King has yet to comment on the incident.