A woman was banned from a Virginia restaurant after she harassed a family for speaking Spanish.
A Latino woman who lives in Lovettsville, Virginia, was with family visiting from Guatemala in an Andy’s restaurantin Lovettsville on Friday when a white woman approached them, pointing her finger, and demanded to see their passports.
It’s the most recent in a string of incidents that have occurred since President Trump took office, in which a white person harasses a minority for simply going about their life.
The Latino woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, described the encounter:
“She asked for passports; she said that she knew everybody in Loudoun County to get us out of here, and she started saying that we were supposed to speak English, but I’m like ‘we’re not talking to you.'”
Defending her family, she told the woman:
“They’re here visiting and they don’t know English, so how do you want them to speak English when they’re here just visiting?”
But the woman started going off on a racist rant before being escorted out of the restaurant, even continuing her racist tirade outside.
In the video, she can be heard saying:
“You don’t freeload in this f*****g country. You get the f*** out, back to your f*****g country. You illegals come to live from the government. You can’t live on the government here. Go live from your government.”
A woman at Andy's restaurant in Lovettsville, Virginia, demands to see passport of Guatemalan tourists speaking Spanish. The rest is SMH pic.twitter.com/kO8Yjty8lt
— ALT- Immigration (@ALT_uscis) October 23, 2018
Commenters on Twitter were both outraged and saddened:
What happened to human empathy?
— Girly (@Girly) October 23, 2018
restaurant rhonda strikes
— videoloops (@videoloops1) October 23, 2018
If I were the family, I would have filmed her myself… https://t.co/Uv35tvP8XV
— Vertice Green (@MrUneek) October 22, 2018
Who does she think she is?
— Duncan McGinnis (@DMcGinnis64) October 23, 2018
It's news because it keeps happening. It's disgusting unacceptable behavior and if the only way to make it stop is to shame people into minding their own fu*king business so be it.
— SageRobinson (@SageRobinson) October 22, 2018
Many blamed Trump as there has been a marked rise in public acts of racism since he took office:
Another Trump supporter that is just a monster.
— Woke#Szn (@gingersrock81) October 23, 2018
This woman does not represent the United States of America. We are a land of immigrants and of opportunity. This is definitely a byproduct of the Trumps rhetoric.
— Juan Carlos Gomez (@JuanCarlosGomez) October 22, 2018
This is the Trump Effect.
— Kenny Edwards (@KennyEdw) October 22, 2018
What is wrong with these people?
No one needs to show this yahoo their passport or any other form of ID.
— Cathe FranklinRomano (@CatheRomano) October 23, 2018
Trump has empowered them.
— MoJoe (@Heywood0823) October 23, 2018
A Trump supporter…who likely cannot speak another language.
— Kassandra ter Beek (@kamterbeek) October 23, 2018
Other commenters wanted justice. Though police were called to the scene, no charges were filed. The restaurant owner says the woman is not welcome back to the restaurant.
Some Twitter users took some solace in that:
At least the owner threw her out
— TheGerminator (@dahliabloom) October 23, 2018
Can she be arrested and charged with assault or disorderly conduct? People need to be pressing charges against assholes like this.
— JLD (@jldoggett1) October 23, 2018
Upset that their 7-year-old daughter was present at the time, the family is sharing what happened to them in hopes that it will help prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.
According to HuffPost, they said:
“It’s not fair that they do this to us, and even less acceptable if there are children present. It’s not fair for any child to have to go through that. You just don’t do that.”