PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A customer at a north Phoenix restaurant was captured on video making racist comments to another patron. The video has been viewed nearly 4,000 times on Facebook.
Lennys Bermudez Molina says she was charging her car outside the Wildflower Bread Company near the Loop 101 and Interstate 17 yesterday when she went in to have some food and work on her laptop. Bermudez says the restaurant was packed so she politely asked a woman sitting alone if the seat next to her was free.
“I said excuse me, is it OK if I sit here next to you and she said, 'well, do I have a choice?,'” said Bermudez. “At first I thought I didn’t hear her right.”
Bermudez says she grabbed her cell phone and began recording because she couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
The woman in the video can be heard saying she wants “the whole freaking nation to be white.” When Bermudez tells her that’s not going to happen, the woman answers “it will. You will be wiped out.”
Bermudez says she’s a proud American of Puerto Rican decent.
“She doesn’t know who I am,” said Bermudez. “Don’t judge people without even knowing them.”
Bermudez says the woman got up to go sit down outside and she informed a manager. Then she says the manager had a discussion with the woman and later walked Bermudez to her car so she would feel safe.
Wildflower founder, Louis Basile, says he was “saddened and shocked” by the video and that discrimination and racism have no place in his restaurants.
“We really embrace the diversity of not only our workforce but of course our customers,” said Basile. “If a guest is uncomfortable in one of our restaurants, we’d like them to come to the manager.”
As upsetting as this situation was, Bermudez says she’s touched by all the messages of support she’s received on Facebook after she posted the video.
“It’s really disheartening to experience that,” said Bermudez. “I don’t want to let go of the hope I have in people to be right and to do the right thing and that definitely was the wrong thing.”