These Four Women Were Refused Service at a California Restaurant Because They're Latina

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What was supposed to be a nice girls' day out turned into a horrifying, racist incident.

Four Latina women went to Southern California's Saint Marc, an upscale eatery in Huntington Beach. Before ordering the restaurant's signature grilled cheese and other delicious items, the waiter asked for the girls' proof of residency. "I need to make sure you're from here," he said.

Though stunned, the women dutifully handed over their IDs, but soon realized this was much more than simply checking their ages. “I looked at my sister and [my friend], and I said, did he really just say that?” Diana Carrillo, one of the four Latinas said after realizing they were being racially discriminated against.

The group decided to leave the restaurant, despite being offered a different table to sit at and business cards from the manager. Later, Carrillo, 24, took to Facebook to share the incident, which quickly garnered much attention. "For a few seconds I thought maybe he was being a smart ass or joking but the fact that he said 'I need to make sure you're from here before I serve you' was completely unacceptable," she wrote. "How many others has he said this too? I hope this employee is reprimanded for his actions. No establishment should tolerate discriminatory actions from their employees." Carrillo made sure to share the restaurant's location. Her post now has upwards of 2K likes and 1,500 shares.


The restaurant quickly jumped at the opportunity to redeem themselves after seeing the uproar on social media. Management offered the women a lavish VIP experience, as well as the promise to donate 10% of the weekend's proceeds to a nonprofit organization of their choice. As expected, the women declined the meal but took up their donation offer for all money to be given to Orange County Immigration Youth United.

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