World News – US – Black couple say restaurant Georgia asked them to leave because man was wearing sneakers


A black couple accused a sushi restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia of unfairly targeting them for dress code violations as they attempted to dine at the restaurant last week

The restaurant owner said the incident was not racially motivated and told Newsweek he took responsibility for the worsening of the situation after learning more about the extenuating circumstances

In video of the incident which began circulating online, the male customer can be seen wearing white sneakers inside Umi Restaurant in the Buckhead Quarter At one point during the one-minute video posted to Twitter, he can be heard calling for them to quit « pure racism »

The sneakers are identified on Umi’s website as a violation of the restaurant’s dress code, as well as wearing baseball hats, athletic wear and sports jerseys Men are also prohibited from wearing shorts, flip-flops and tank tops inside the restaurant Above the list of prohibited clothing and footwear, the restaurant’s website says in red capital letters: « Dress code strictly enforced »

Umi owner Farshid Arshid told Newsweek the restaurant is also alerting customers of his dress code on Open Table, the online reservation system he said customers in this incident used The dress code is also reminded to customers when employees call them to confirm their reservations, Arshid said.

The customer’s wife told WAGA-TV that her issue with the restaurant’s decision to ask her to leave was not with the dress code, but with the way another customer sat inside while he wore his own sneakers

“This is really crazy”, can we hear the man say to one of the restaurant workers in the video “She is wearing Adidas sneakers You tell me these are good?” The video zooms in on the feet of a white woman who appears to be wearing silver sneakers

The man can be heard saying that he was once a customer at Umi, a statement his wife reiterated to WAGA-TV According to the couple, the man has already worn sneakers inside the restaurant but has never been refused service before

As customers are directed to the door, the man can be heard saying he preferred to discuss the matter inside and added: « This is something you brought yourself »

Arshid told Newsweek he took responsibility for the « operational failure » and said he called customers shortly after the events unfolded on October 23 to apologize

« We absolutely failed, » said Arshid « In a climate where everything is so tense and there is so much negativity, we should be better than this »

Arshid told Newsweek he did not initially realize that another restaurant customer was wearing sneakers when the couple were asked to leave Had he realized this element of the situation at the time, Arshid said he would have handled the situation differently

Arshid said he invited customers back, although they told him they were reluctant to do so He told Newsweek that during his call with them he told them he « felt like he had failed as a human » Arshid added that he viewed the incident as a personal failure and wanted to take a step back to avoid similar confrontations in the future

« We made a mistake », he said « I made a mistake that day, and I have to stand in front »

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World News – US – Black couple say restaurant Georgia asked them to leave because man was wearing sneakers



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