Awesome Canteen, a popular restaurant in Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya shared a recent encounter it had with a customer who made certain racist remarks
On its Instagram Stories yesterday, 22 April, the restaurant wrote:
"This person called our barista and told her that we should not hire any more Indian staff for reasons we are not clear of."
"Regardless, there is no excuse to exhibit such racist and discriminatory behaviour in any setting. Awesome Canteen has a very clear stance on racism and we are against it."
Awesome Canteen wrote that it told the customer to leave and banned them from ever dining there again
"Racism has no place in our community and should anyone exhibit such behaviour; we will disallow you from dining in with us," it added in the statement, further emphasising that it does not tolerate any racist behaviour at the premises in future.
"Take careful note, Awesome Canteen is a safe space. There is no tolerance and no room at all for racist, homophobic, sexist behaviour regardless of the reason."
Standing up for its employees, the restaurant also added that its staff "are not your workers nor are they your servants. They are people and deserve to be respected".
Several netizens who agree with its sentiments have since commended the restaurant for how it handled the situation.
"Well done, Awesome Canteen!" one person wrote in a repost. Another restaurant, Chipta 11A, reposted the Instagram Story and supported by saying, "We are with you on this."
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