Workers fired after racist incident reported at Buffalo Wild Wings in Naperville

Andrew Cummings
November 5, 2019

Two workers at a Buffalo Wild Wings chain restaurant in IL have been let go from their jobs after they allegedly asked a group of Black people to move tables at the request of a customer who was a regular at the establishment - and had a problem sitting near African Americans.

Mary Vahl, 34, and her husband Justin, together with their two children, say they arrived at the restaurant in Naperville, Illinois, on Saturday October 26, asking for a table of 18, only to be asked by the host what "race" the party was.

"A couple minutes went by and the host went up to my husband and asked "what race are you guys?' My husband asked him why it mattered and the host responded that a table with 2 of their 'regular customers" were next to where we were to be seated and he didn't want us sitting there because he's 'racist, '" they composed. Vahl, who is multiracial, said a manager eventually asked his group to switch tables because a regular customer was sitting nearby and didn't "want black people sitting near him".

They say they insisted on taking their seats anyway, but were then asked to move and were "stared at" by the unnamed couple. She told CBS 2 the responses to the post were mixed: Some people were supportive while others thought the group should have left the restaurant earlier. However, the Naperville Sun confirmed that the restaurant doesn't take reservations.

"We take this incident very seriously and after conducting a thorough, internal investigation have terminated the employees involved", a Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson tells PEOPLE in a statement.

A supervisor later requested the group to modify tables, in line with Vahl and one other man with him, Marcus Riley. "This Buffalo Wild Wings location has lost our business indefinitely".

When they complained to their waitress, she told them she already knew what was happening: The regular customer is a racist, she said, though she couldn't do anything.

"Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind", said Kudlata.

Vahl's post, which has now been shared more than 5,000 times, goes on to explain that their group refused to change tables, instead insisting to remain where the host had originally planned to seat them.

Reached by phone late Sunday, Justin Vahl declined to comment, saying that he still needed to meet with his lawyers.

"That was the most troubling thing for me", said Riley, who is also their basketball coach.

"It's 2019. We're supposed to be past this", he said, noting that the kids at the table were of different backgrounds but all in the minority at their mostly white schools. "To have my children go through that, it brought me to tears". Ethan Vahl, 10, would later tell the TV station, "No one should experience what we experienced that day with racism".

The alleged incident happened last month at a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.

There have been numerous reports of racist incidents at USA restaurants this year.

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