ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando magnificence salon proprietor is now dealing with collateral harm in a enterprise dispute following a viral video displaying a lady making racist feedback at an area restaurant.
Iris Mejia owns Magnificence Bar Orlando on Hillcrest St. close to E. Colonial. Final week, her store was vandalized with racist feedback.
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Phrases like “Return to your cage monkey” have been plastered over her constructing with spray paint.
Individuals harass the shop proprietor as a result of they mistook her enterprise for an additional retailer with an analogous title.
Kristen Nguyen, an worker of King Cajun Crawfish on Mills Avenue, shot this video final week.
Nguyen mentioned the client captured on video spat racist phrases at her after she was denied a refund for the meals she ate.
Within the video, you’ll be able to hear the client’s workers on the restaurant addressing the restaurant with racist pejoratives and saying: [expletive] again to your province, ch***-ch***!”
“We won’t settle for this type of habits, and that is the primary purpose I put it on-line,” Nguyen mentioned.
Offended social media customers have been fast to catch up. They began leaving unhealthy critiques in regards to the retailer on Google and sending racist messages in return, however they have been concentrating on the improper issues.
Nigel Mejia is the store proprietor’s son. He mentioned it was a whole shock to search out that his mom’s enterprise had been destroyed.
“We should not struggle hate with hate,” he mentioned.
Iris mentioned she was in misery. The slew of snide critiques on Google tarnished her as soon as five-star ranking. She has additionally obtained threats to burn down her enterprise.
Michelle Niesluchowski is a hairstylist who runs a separate enterprise within the constructing. She mentioned what’s occurring to Iris is devastating.
“It is horrible. That is not the reply to something. You realize, it simply perpetuates extra hatred and extra violence,” she mentioned.
Niesluchowski referred to as Iris Mejia fantastic and sort. Iris’ son mentioned his mom would by no means sow such hatred.
Niesluchowski mentioned a number of folks have additionally made pretend appointments on the retailer and left nasty feedback.
“It has been a whole waste of time and money,” she mentioned.
Nigel has arrange a GoFundMe to cowl and clear up revenue losses. Up to now, it has met greater than half of its $10,000 purpose.
Iris mentioned she has filed a number of police experiences. For his or her security, she has even put in surveillance cameras across the constructing.
Iris begs the neighborhood to cease harassing her.
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