Buffalo Wild Wings has fired two employees after a family of mostly blacks were told to move tables because a white couple did not want to sit next to them.
Mary Vahl went to Buffalo Wild Wings in Naperville, Illinois, outside Chicago, October 26 with a party of 18, which she described as "a group of minorities, mostly African Americans" in a now viral Facebook video posts.
When the host set up his table, Vahl says they were told that a regular customer at a table of two said he did not want to sit next to them because of their race. Vahl and her party sat there anyway.
"We do not give him the satisfaction and told the host that we will sit where they put us," she wrote on Facebook.
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After ordering a few things, Vahl and her party were told that they had to switch tables, but they refused, she informed on Facebook.
"It was not ok that a leading person was willing to relocate 6 adults and 12 children versus 2 adult adults who are uncomfortable sitting by black people , ”she wrote on Facebook.
After the management made "excuses" for why they had to switch tables, Vahl and her party eventually left, and went to Hooters instead, appalled at the way they were treated on the wing chain.
"In 2019, this kind of behavior should not be accepted," she wrote. "If you do not want to sit next to certain people in a public restaurant, you should probably have dinner in your own home."
Now have Buffalo Wild Wings fired service officer and watchdog working on the day after investigating the incident, the company told NBC News.
"We take this incident very seriously and, after conducting a thorough, internal investigation, have terminated those involved "The Buffalo Wild Wings value an inclusive environment and have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind."
Buffalo Wild Wings said they have been in contact with Vahl and her family, and offered their "deepest apologies "for the behavior of their staff.
In his post, Vahl thanked the Hooters staff for serving his group and" not being near-sighted people who would ruin someone else's night. "