From Yellow Fever to Pizza Inn, racism rears its head in US restaurants

The United States seems to be witnessing a surge in racist incidents in its eateries. Weeks after two black men were arrested from a Starbucks as they waited for a friend, two more allegedly racist incidents have surfaced.

For one, retail chain Whole Foods is under fire for its Asian-themed restaurant in California. After all, it is named Yellow Fever.

And then, a pizza outlet in North Carolina is under fire for allegedly denying a black customer the use of a coupon. The eatery, however, reportedly let a white customer use the same coupon.

Yellow Fever grips Twitter

The official website of Yellow Fever waxes eloquent about its Asian connection. “Yellow Fever loves all things Asian – both the food and the culture,” it says.

Picture Credit: Twitter/Whole Foods official handle

“We offer several popular Asian flavours under one roof, with each dish brought up to date through the use of high-quality ingredients,” it adds.

A lot of people were clearly not amused. Here are a few reactions from Twitter:


Racism at Pizza Inn?

Meanwhile, a black man named Link Alexander accused a Pizza Inn outlet in North Carolina of racism. He said a “certain manager” at the eatery denied him the use of a coupon for a free buffet. However, when his white roommate tried to use the same coupon, he was allowed.

Alexander said in a Facebook post that the manager “looked at me, asked me where I got the card, told me that he couldn’t recognize the signature on the card and would not honor the coupon. [sic]”

He also identified the eatery by location. Alexander said in the FB post: “By the way, this was the Pizza Inn on Hunter Hill Rd in Rocky Mount, NC! [sic]”

Read the full post here:

Later, when his white friend Rex Sterling went to the same eatery with the same coupon, the management allowed him to eat at the buffet spread, according to a Fox News report.

He asked the restaurant manager about it, and said of the response: “He gave me some spiel about the signature not being legible; he said the signature on the coupon has to be his managers, or the [district manager’s] or something like that … There’s nothing on this coupon about any terms and conditions about the signature. [sic]”

Sterling subsequently posted screenshots of what he said were messages from the sister of the manager. In one part, the sender of the messages wrote: “But, if you’d like to do a little research and see the posts from Pizza Inn when they share camera footage of people who walk out without paying, you would notice a common theme.”

Read the full post here:

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