Toronto Restaurant Ordered To Pay Black Patron $10K For Making Him Pre-Pay
Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant racially profiled the friends, Ontario's human rights tribunal ruled.
Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant was ordered to pay $10,000 to customer Emile Wickham after asking him and his friends to pay for their meals in advance. Ontario's human rights tribunal found that the restaurant racially profiled Wickham and his friends, all of whom are black.
在要求顾客埃米尔·威克姆和他的朋友提前支付餐费后，康城中餐厅被要求向他赔偿1万加元。近日安大略省人全法庭裁定，该餐厅种族歧视威克姆和他的朋友们 - 他们都是黑人。
TORONTO — Ontario's human rights tribunal has ordered a downtown Toronto restaurant to pay $10,000 to a black man for violating his rights after the establishment asked him and three friends to pre-pay for their meal.
多伦多 - 安大略省人全法庭命令多伦多市中心一家餐厅向一名黑人赔偿1万加元，因为餐厅侵犯了他的权利，此前餐厅要求他和三名朋友预先支付餐费。
The tribunal heard Emile Wickham, who identifies himself as an Afro-Caribbean, went to the Chinese restaurant with three friends — all of whom were black — early on May 3, 2014, to celebrate his birthday.
Wickham told the tribunal that after the server took their orders, he and his friends were told that a restaurant policy meant they had to pay for their meals before receiving them, which they did.
He said he was unsettled by the request and asked other patrons if they had been asked to pre-pay as well. Wickham told the tribunal that none of the patrons he spoke to said they had been required to pay for their meals in advance.
In its ruling, the tribunal said the restaurant did not offer a credible non-discriminatory reason for its employees' conduct and found Wickham had been racially profiled.
The Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant was ordered to pay Wickham $10,000 as compensation for infringing his rights and for the injury to his dignity, feelings and self-respect.
He was presumed to be deviant.
"This case illustrates that the restaurant did not extend the applicant the benefit of the doubt, or assumption of his decency as a black person, rather he was presumed to be deviant,'' the tribunal's ruling stated.
"In essence, the applicant was presumed to be a potential thief in waiting despite any evidence to that effect.''
From Wickham's evidence, the tribunal said it was evident that the incident had a profound impact on him.
"It has fundamentally changed the way that he perceives Toronto, and the level of the city's inclusiveness,'' the ruling stated, noting that Wickham feels less accepted in the city as a result.
"The incident was a rude awakening.''
Restaurant says decision is under appeal
The restaurant's owner said the tribunal decision is under appeal, noting that the incident occurred four years ago when the restaurant was under different management.
"The current owner and staff are dedicated to be a committed, inclusive and responsible member of the community,'' Colin Li said in a statement posted on Instagram.
But...wait . I don't understand .How is it possible there was a racist act and no white people were involved....only white people can be racist .I'm so confused ;)
lol wut, you're mad because you think only there is a notion that only non whites can't be racist so your mad that justice was served in a case where non whites where racist. You need to start taking thous dementia pills grandpa.