A fierce exchange between two clients and the manager of a Florida Burger King who spoke Spanish at the restaurant was recorded on video and viewed 22,000 times on social media.
"Return to Mexico if you want to continue speaking Spanish" You hear a woman tell the manager how she is eating and another woman.
"Guess what, Ma'am ? I'm not a Mexican, "said Ricardo Castillo, of Puerto Rican descent. They are unprejudiced and I want you to just leave my restaurant.
Castillo is shown arguing with the women and defending his right To speak Spanish as a Puerto Rican American at the Eustis restaurant, about 40 miles north of Orlando.
"When I heard that one can not speak Spanish in public "I grabbed my phone and said, 'Wait a minute.'" said customer Neyzha Borrero, recording the exchange.
She started recording from her seat before she saw the two women at a booth discussing with Castillo.
Borrero said she was from Puerto Rico and was not surprised by what had happened.
I can speak both English and Spanish, "Borrero said." There are people who speak other languages. They should not feel discriminated against in their country. They should be proud that they can learn another language and contact more people.
Castillo later said that he spoke Spanish with an employee. The women said they had a complaint, but he did not know what it was about and offered to help.
"I can not believe there are still such people at this age," Castillo said in an interview with Daily Advertising. We're all the same, we're all human, we're bleeding red. "
Burger King said the owner of the Eustis restaurant" checks the matter. "
" There's no room for discrimination in our restaurants, " said Dori Alvarez, a spokeswoman for Burger King, "We expect employees and guests to treat each other with respect."
Castillo is heard in the video, in which he tells the women that the restaurant owner, although he is not is from Mexico, of Mexican descent.
Guillermo Perales, the franchisee
"My client is very disappointed that clients are making racist and insensitive attacks on people who work there and have been trained for clients," his lawyer said Robert Zarco
Perales is the founder of Sun Holdings, Inc., which, according to the company's website, operates 293 Burger King locations and other franchises in various states bt.
In the video Castillo urges women to leave the rest "We have never been told about this incident," said the Eustis Police Department. "No policemen answered."
Borrero said she posted the approximately five-minute video on Facebook to uncover the situation.
"Hatred plus hate does not make it any better," she said.