The owner of a popular sushi resteraunt in Fresno, California has come under some hot water after hearing that his waiters weren’t getting tipped enough, so he tweeted, “My servers are thinking about building a wall around the restaurant. Why don’t many Hispanics tip? Really? Zero, Ziltch, Nada.”
Now, he has faced harassing phone calls, boycotts, and protests around his establishment.
Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea saw Steve Wayte’s tweet about his support for the wall, and began to repost screen shots of Wayte’s comments all over social media, calling for others to boycott his establishment.
The Daily Mail states:
Wayte eventually apologized for his remarks saying he hoped the community would forgive him for his lack of judgment.
‘There was no malice in my heart and I was just defending my staff that works hard to put a quality product and good service,’ Wayte told Fox 26.
‘This was nothing against the Hispanic community.’
But Perea told the news station that Wayte ‘indicted the entire Hispanic community.’ The former county supervisor said he felt the need to speak up after people began to send him screen grabs of Wayte’s post.
‘We have the opportunity to flex economic muscle. When we speak through our pocketbook, people will listen,’ he said.
However, the restaurateur said he felt hurt by the idea that someone such as Perea would choose to damage him economically.
‘I’ve done nothing to Henry Perea. It was a joke,’ he said.
Chef at Roll One for Mi Carlos Rucker said he expected the comments to draw criticism, but said there is some truth to what Wayte said.
As a son of Mexican immigrants he said: ‘Sometimes reality is hard to take in. Some Hispanics are very bad at tipping. It may a cultural thing. Not a personal thing.’
Wayte has since deleted his Facebook account following the controversy, and said the scandal has even affected his teenage daughter who received comments about her father being a racist.