Customer goes on racist rant about Spanish words on Mexican restaurant menu

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Surveillance footage of a California man going on a racist rant over a bilingual menu at a Mexican restaurant is going viral on social media.

A security camera at a Palapas Tacos restaurant in Anaheim, Calif., captured the man ranting at restaurant staffers and even making threats about calling immigration authorities on Monday.

{mosads}“That’s bullshit! It says it in Mexican,” the angry customer, who has not yet been identified, says in reference to the menu in footage obtained by a local Fox station.

“I’m an American, I don’t do Spanish,” he continued. “Go get a hamburger. Go get a hot dog.”

Juan Del Rio, the owner of Palapas Tacos, told the station that the man became irate because he didn’t understand a word on a special menu board that was written in Spanish. 

“This customer, I found out, he was not understanding the special being Friday instead of Monday,” Del Rio said.

Del Rio said footage captured by the restaurant’s security camera shows the man not only being belligerent to staff but also to customers as well. 

“It says it in Mexican. We’re not in Mexico. We’re in America! Above the border. The red, the line. I’m an American!” the unidentified man yelled in the video.

“Every day we get customers [who] sometimes don’t understand the specials, but we explain them,” Del Rio said. “But this guy was completely mad, upset.”

Del Rio could be seen in another clip following the upset customer outside to try to talk him. Shortly after, the man can be seen on cellphone footage apparently threatening Del Rio.

In footage captured on Del Rio, he can be heard asking the man: “Who are you going to call?” 

“Immigration! Because you’re not legal!” the man says in response.

“I just feel like it’s sad that there’s people [who] actually that think like that, that they own this country,” Del Rio told the Fox station. “I don’t know. But over a taco?”


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