A Spanish-speaking clerk at a Taco Bell in Hialeah city, Florida, refused service to an African-American couple on Wednesday night, by saying she did not speak English.
The city is 93 percent Latino and 3 percent African-American, according to 2017 data collected by the Census Bureau.
According to the Miami Herald:
In the video, which was posted Thursday night, [Alexandria] Montgomery asked the annoyed [clerk] woman, “Do you have a manager here?”
“She is in her house sleeping,” the employee replied in Spanish in a dismissive tone. There was no one else to take the order, the employee claimed …
“This is Hialeah, I’m sorry,” she said in Spanish.
The conversation ended when Montgomery asked, “What’s your name?”
“Luisa,” the clerk answered.
“I’ll be here tomorrow Luisa,” Montgomery replied.
“Okay,” she answered.
Montgomery posted the video on Facebook and conversation on Wednesday. She added an update on Friday, Sept. 14:
Taco Bell in Hialeah racist asf. This lady understood what I was saying but didn’t want to take my order talking bout she don’t speak English.
Luisa was fired today. Luisa isn’t even her real name lol. She was the general manager on that shift.
The Facebook comments were mostly unsympathetic to the Taco Bell clerk:
First of all this is America! How they just take over Miami like that? We speak English here, Spanish, Creole and every other language should come secondary, but the gov’t wants they’re money and makes them feel comfortable here. It should be law that everyone know English to work here. It’s funny how right up the street in Broward County it’s not like that. Employers don’t ask if you’re bilingual as the first qualification to hire you, but in Miami, smh… and I mean it’s as soon as you hit Ives Dairy road. I understand diversity, but I can’t go to France and tell the French people that they need to learn English to accommodate me, so why do we accommodate speakers of other languages so much? ♀️♀️♀️♀️
Been to that area many times. Encountered pretty much the same thing, but was able to communicate using my limited Spanish.
Evidently she did understand english because when she asked her name, she said Luisa! Duh! Glad she was fired. Hopefully this went viral enough that she couldn’t get another job in a fast food window!
Wow. Ridiculous. this stuff used to happen to me in the kitchens with my cooks when I was Chef on South Beach( Ellos siempre piensas que la “morenas” o “nigritas” no pueden hablar espanol o no entienda bastante.until I cuss them out for hablando mierda en mi cara..lol.smh…even if her English wasn’t “good”. She could have gotten the job done.
Some comments were critical of Montgomery:
Another ignorant mf trying to win the racism lottery. Bitch you live in south Florida Learn Spanish
Hialeah is 99.9 Cuban go to another one tell a Cuban to speak English and good luck with that.
Former President Barack Obama and many other Democrats argue that “Diversity is Our Greatest Strength.” Some GOP advocates also champion diversity. In 2015, for example, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told a TV interviewer:
[T]hese young beautiful kids all speak English but also speak Spanish and one of them asked me a question in Spanish and I answered it. That’s the reality of America, that’s the goodness of America. That’s the kind of America we want.
Bush’s complaint came after candidate Donald Trump mocked him, saying: “He’s a nice man, but he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”