Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Shocking racial slur left on couple's valet ticket

SERGEANT Major Samuel Aarons is white. His wife, Candea, is black.
In the 21st century, you wouldn't expect that to be a problem. But Mr and Mrs Aarons couldn't even celebrate New Year's Day at a popular restaurant without being subjected to a racial slur.

The couple had dinner at Spondivits Bar and Grill in Georgia on the evening of January 1. Their car was parked by a valet, local station WSB-TV reports.

When Mr and Mrs Aarons got home, they noticed a tag had been left on their key ring by the valet, with the words "jungle fever" written on it.  "Jungle fever" is a derogatory slur used to describe interracial couples. Needless to say, the Aarons were outraged.

Sgt Major Aarons is a military veteran who has recently returned from a deployment in Kuwait. He was deeply upset by the note.
"We have never been so blatantly described in such a blatantly appalling manner ever," Mrs Aarons said.

The valet who allegedly wrote the slur was employed by a company called APS Valet, not the restaurant. The unnamed man, who has been described as black, has been fired...

The chef went on to explain that it's common for a valet to write a description of a car's owner on the ticket so they can spot the customer when they return.

"This valet wrote an unacceptable description on this customer's ticket, but it was not him trying to send a racist message to the customers. He just has poor taste and this cost him his job."


Race is an extremely touchy matter in America so the couple were right to be upset -- and no firm wants upset customers.  Unlucky that the offender was black, though.  If he had been white it would have made the front page of the NYT for at least a week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

More likely the NYT would have milked it for a month, and used it for the next three years.