A black customer at a sushi restaurant in Atlanta says racist employees kicked him out for wearing sneakers — while allowing a white woman in tennis shoes to stay.
The unnamed man was asked to leave Umi Sushi on Friday because his white Nikes violated the restaurant’s dress code policy, heated footage shows.
But as the patron and his wife, Kaylan Colbert, walked towards the exit, he spotted a caucasian lady dining in similar footwear and became angry, according to the video, which was aired by FOX Atlanta.
“This is pure racism, she has on Adidas,” he fumes in the footage. “That’s not right.”
Colbert, who filmed the incident, then refuses to leave eatery’s parking lot, saying, “[We’ll] wait for the police.”
When another worker appears, a yelling match erupts, with the man shouting “Shut the f—k up!,” before the couple eventually leaves.
The owner of the restaurant, Farshid Arshid, said the dress code policy is posted inside the restaurant, but later apologized for how it was enforced and took responsibility.
“This was completely, 100 percent, an operational mistake on our end,” Arshid said. “When they got upset we should have investigated that.”
He has since contacted the couple to make amends, FOX reported. But Colbert said she’s hesitant to go back.
“Nobody wants to feel that way. Nobody wants to feel like they can’t go to certain places,” she said.
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