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Two white women were caught on video telling the Puerto Rican manager of a Burger King restaurant in Florida to â€œgo back to Mexicoâ€� after they heard him speaking Spanish to an employee.
Footage of the now-viral interaction shows the two women in a heated exchange with Ricardo Castillo, the general manager of the restaurant located in Eustis.
â€œWhen youâ€™re in America, you should speak American English,â€� one of the women tells Castillo.
â€œNo, maâ€™am. I donâ€™t,â€� he responds.
â€œYeah, yeah. Go back to Mexico if you want to keep speaking Spanish. Go back to your Mexican country, your state, your country,â€� one responds.
â€œGuess what, maâ€™am. Iâ€™m not Mexican. Iâ€™m not Mexican, but youâ€™re being very prejudiced, and I want you out of my restaurant right now,â€� the manager said.
â€œIâ€™ll finish my meal, and then Iâ€™ll leave,â€� one woman replies.
â€œYou know what? Iâ€™ll do it for you, maâ€™am. Iâ€™ll call the cops,â€� the manager tells the women.
Castillo said the heated exchange began after the women heard him speaking in Spanish with a new employee and complained to him about it.
â€œI said, â€˜Is everything OK? Iâ€™ll help you get it fixed,â€™â€� he recalled telling the women.
Castillo said thatâ€™s when the two women told him they had a problem with him speaking Spanish in the restaurant.
â€œIâ€™ve never had that experience before,â€� he said.
Burger King released a statement denouncing discrimination in its restaurants following the incident.
â€œThere is no place for discrimination in our restaurants. We expect employees and guests to treat each other with respect,â€� the company said in a statement.
â€œThis incident took place at a franchised restaurant and the owner is looking into the matter,â€� the company added.
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