Palapas Tacos has signs in both English and Spanish, but the wording “Especial de Viernes” — indicating a special on Fridays — above a deal advertising $1.99 tacos confused the man, who stopped by on a Monday to get his taco fix.
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When the customer was told that the $1.99 tacos were only available on Fridays, not Mondays and noted the sign, he launched into a racist tirade.
“That’s bulls***!” the man, wearing a shirt supporting the Marines, says in security footage of the incident. “It says it in Mexican. We’re not in Mexico. We’re in America! Above the border. The red, the line. I’m an American!”
Palapas Tacos owner Juan Del Rio said the man was “screaming” and upset both his staff and other customers.
“Every day we get customers [who] sometimes don’t understand the specials, but we explain them,” Del Rio said. “But this guy was completely mad, upset.”
Del Rio also used his phone to film the man making threats outside the restaurant.
“Who are you going to call?” the restaurant owner asks in the footage.
“Immigration! Because you’re not legal!” the angry customer shoots back.
Del Rio told Fox 11 that the incident left him feeling “sad.”
“I just feel like it’s sad that there’s people [who] actually that think like that, that they own this country,” he said. “I don’t know. But over a taco?”
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