Bodo's Owner Speaks Out Following Harassment Toward Workers
A popular Charlottesville restaurant chain claims its employees have become the targets of prejudice-related harassment following Tuesday's election.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A popular Charlottesville restaurant chain claims its employees have become the targets of prejudice-related harassment following Tuesday's election.
Bodo's Bagels is taking to social media to tell people who promote hate to stay away from its shops.
Scott Smith wants Bodo's to be an inclusive place
"The business is conceived as being inclusive really from the ground up both on the customer and employee side," Smith said.
Smith was shocked to hear claims from employees that discriminatory incidents had occurred in his restaurant following Tuesday's election.
"A gentleman who simply declined to go to a register that was being handled by a black cashier, while he was waiting for his food he said, ‘Oh who's making my sandwich? I don't want them making my sandwich,’" Smith said.
So, Smith and his co-owner generated a Facebook post to remind Charlottesville they do not tolerate any form of hate in their restaurant.
“The best thing about the post has been the reaction which has been incredible. It speaks to a concern people have," Smith said.
Customers at Bodo's are coming forward in agreement.
"We're so happy that they took a stand against any negativity towards any racial groups or genders,” Rebecca Deaton said.
They say it was alarming to learn what had happened.
"We were surprised to hear that and it was a little unsettling. It's not the only incident we've heard about unfortunately. So anything we can support is what we wanted to do," Deaton said.
"This is like a restaurant you want to hang out with your friends and everything, not something where you hear nasty comments," Will Deaton said.
Smith wants Bodo's to remain a safe environment to the people of Charlottesville.
"We are not alone in this country in experiencing this kind of thing this week. We have to protect the place as being inclusive," Smith said.