Man threatens to call ICE on people speaking Spanish in restaurant

Man threatens to call ICE on people speaking Spanish in restaurant

The video showing a white man berating staff at the Fresh Kitchen restaurant in Midtown Manhattan was posted to Facebook Tuesday and has been viewed almost 3.5 million times. "So ignorant", another person tells him as laughter breaks out.

The incident prompted an apparent response from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Twitter. "The least they can do is speak English". She said she called police for a public disturbance during the incident, but the man left the scene.

After threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the man says people who come to the US live off his money and welfare - adding that "the least" they can do is speak English.

The employee says that his co-workers sometimes do that, but the man wasn't satisfied, and pointed wildly around the room at everyone he overheard speaking Spanish.

Last year, Thomas D. Homan, the acting director ICE, warned anyone living in the country illegally that they were deportable: "You should look over your shoulder", he said. It's America... So I will be following up, and my guess is, they're not documented. I paid for my welfare, I pay for their ability to live here.

The man appears to insult the woman's appearance, pointing the phone down and saying, "Maybe you shouldn't eat that sandwich today".

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The video shows he then turned his attention on them, threatening to call ICE -- and made a remark about Serrano's weight -- before walking out of the restaurant.

As a reference, only 51 percent of New Yorkers actually speak English at home, according to a 2012 WNYC report.

The man then threatened to call immigration agents. "First of all they wasn't talking to you". His video had been viewed 4.4 million times by early Thursday, with some identifying the man as a lawyer with an office near the restaurant.

In a statement to Eater, Fresh Kitchen commented that it "welcomes everyone from all different type of culture, especially in New York City" and called the man's comments "not right at all".

Hundreds of posters from across the US whacked his law firm with one-star reviews or posted insulting photos. She speaks Spanish and works as an office manager, but she did not want to be identified. The manager who handled the situation told the New York Daily News that the customer and employee were "speaking Spanish because they are friends".

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