Recently two elderly white women went to a Burger King in Central Florida. While sitting at the table the two women overhear the restaurant manager speaking in Spanish.
The two women began to verbally attack the manager. In a video that has now gone viral one of the women can be heard saying “Go back to Mexico. If you want to keep speaking Spanish, go back to your Mexican country.” She then continued with: “This is America. Our main language is English. … Speak your Mexican at home.”
Neyzha Borrero of Eustis, Florida was eating at her local Burger King with her boyfriend when the incident took place. When Borrero heard the women state they were offended by the manager, Ricardo “Ricky” Castillo speaking Spanish she began to film the situation.
The one-woman tells Castillo that he is being rude by speaking Spanish.
Castillo, who is Puerto Rican, not Mexican asks the women to leave the restaurant.
“Freedom of speech, ma’am,” he says. “Guess what, ma’am, I’m not Mexican. You’re being very prejudiced and I want you out of my restaurant right now.”
The women finally get up to leave and Castillo says, “just have a nice day and don’t come back.”
“I was shocked and I didn’t know what to do,” Castillo told the media. “I wasn’t going to call the cops,” he admitted. “I was raised to respect my elders and I wasn’t going to do that to them.”
On Sunday, outrage erupted after Donald Trump sent out a series of racist tweets aimed at four congresswomen of color.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came?” he wrote.
Trump’s tweets were widely criticized by Democratic lawmakers, many of whom characterized his attacks as being racist.
The phrase “go back to your country” has long been used as an attack against people of color in the United States.
Last year, a Sikh man was attacked and told to go back to his country while he was putting up campaign signs near Turlock, California.
Castillo has worked as the general manager for the Burger King in Eustis for a year and a half. he says that he has never experienced anything like this, but added he isn’t surprised. He hopes the video serves as a lesson on how people should treat others.
“Everybody has their different opinions, nobody is the same,” said Castillo. “We’re all human beings and we deserve to be treated with respect.”