U.S. Army veteran Ernest Walker entered a Chili’s restaurant in hopes to enjoy a free meal on Veteran’s Day. But instead, the Chili’s manager on duty snatches his meal and questions whether Walker was actually a veteran.
Huffington Post reports that Walker wrote on his Facebook page that he was eating at Chili’s with his service dog, Barack, when an elderly customer wearing a Trump shirt came up to him. “He said he was in Germany, and that they did not let Blacks serve over there,” Walker wrote.
Soon after, Walker said the restaurant’s manager approached him and said that a fellow customer said Walker was “not a real soldier because [he] had [his] hat on indoors.” He asked to see identification, and continued to question Walker. Eventually, he took his food away, even though Walker showed him his military ID and discharge paperwork.
Walker posted the video, which has been viewed more than 700,000 times, to Facebook.
Chili’s president Kelli Valade said in a prepared statement that the restaurant immediately removed the manager and sent an apology to Mr. Walker.
“Today, we personally apologized to Mr. Walker for the unfortunate experience in our restaurant on Veterans Day and thanked him for his service to our country. We also thanked him for taking the time to speak with us and he appreciated our apology. We took swift action and immediately removed our manager from the restaurant. We are now in the process of working with Mr. Walker on a resolution that promotes trust and healing.”