ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando magnificence store proprietor is now sidelined in a dispute between corporations after a viral video exhibiting a lady utilizing a racist assertion at a neighborhood restaurant.
Iris Mejia owns Magnificence Bar Orlando on Hillcrest St. close to E. Colonial. Final week, her retailer was vandalized with racist slander.
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Phrases like “Return to your cage monkey” had been pasted over her constructing with spray paint.
Persons are harassing the shop proprietor as a result of they adopted her enterprise for an additional retailer with an identical title.
Kristen Nguyen, an worker of King Cajun Crawfish on Mills Avenue, recorded this video final week.
Nguyen stated the shopper caught on video spat racist phrases at her after being denied a refund for meals she ate.
Within the video, you possibly can hear the shopper tackle the workers on the restaurant utilizing racist pejorative and say: “Take your [expletive] again to your county, ch *** – ch ***! ”
“We can’t settle for this kind of conduct, which is the primary motive I put it on-line,” Nguyen stated.
Indignant social media customers had been fast to behave. They began leaving unhealthy opinions in regards to the retailer on Google and despatched racistly charged messages in return – however they focused the mistaken enterprise.
Nigel Mejia is the shop proprietor’s son. He stated it was a complete shock to search out his mom’s firm vandalized.
“We must always not struggle hatred with hatred,” he stated.
Iris stated she has been in misery. The quantity of hateful opinions on Google tarnished her as soon as five-star ranking. She has additionally been threatened with burning down her enterprise.
Michelle Niesluchowski is a hairdresser who runs a separate enterprise within the constructing. She stated what’s taking place to Iris is devastating.
“It is terrible. It isn’t the reply to something. , it is simply sustaining extra hatred and extra violence,” she stated.
Niesluchowski known as Iris Mejia unbelievable and type. Iris’ son stated his mom would by no means spit hatred like this.
Niesluchowski stated that a number of folks have additionally booked pretend conferences within the retailer and made nasty feedback.
“It has been a complete waste of time and cash,” she stated.
Nigel created a GoFundMe to cowl revenue losses and clear up. So far, it has acquired greater than half of the $ 10,000 goal.
Iris stated she has filed a number of police reviews. For his or her security, she even arrange surveillance cameras across the constructing.
Iris appeals to society to cease harassing her.
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