Lethbridge police release details surrounding racist Denny's incident

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"If we as a society stand up for one another and stand up for what's right in this country, I think that's a step in the right direction", he said.

"She was definitely not right and was saying terrible bigoted things".

It's then soon revealed what started the confrontation, as the woman accuses one of them of eyeing her, and the racism card is thrown around both ways.

Finally, the woman and the man she was with get up to leave the restaurant, but not before one last exchange caught on film.

They then say "we're all Canadian", which doesn't sit well with the woman, who tells them to "go back to (their) own country" among other things. "Racist, bigoted comments have no place in Alberta, " Premier Rachel Notley tweeted yesterday, "Everyone is welcome in Alberta". Our government is always working to foster acceptance and better understanding of our differences. "Everyone is welcome in Alberta". "Because I mean, that's not who I am".

Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman told HuffPost Canada he was "ashamed" that the incident unfolded there. "I'm embarrassed that it happened in our city and I've stated that publicly".

The identity of the woman was not immediately clear.

Pocha's employer, the Dodge Supercentre in Cranbrook, British Columbia, confirmed on Facebook that she's been fired, due to an "outpouring of hate" for their former employee.


The video ends with the Pocha and her husband getting out of their booth and asking to be seated elsewhere.

"We have recently become aware of a disturbing video that involves one of our employees", Girling said. We are deeply concerned about the content of this video and want all of our friends, families, colleagues, and customers to know that this behaviour does not reflect the values of Cranbrook Dodge in any way.

"We strive to be a welcoming and inclusive company with no room for hate or intolerance".

The footage, which quickly went viral on social media, shows the woman turning to the booth where Omerzai was sitting with friends and launching into a profanity-laced racist outburst.

The employee in question has been terminated and we deeply apologize for her actions. Assuring people such actions aren't acceptable is well and good, but suggesting it doesn't exist helps no one, particularly those whose day-to-day interactions with racist behaviour haven't been captured on video.

"They're part of who we are".

"It's sad to see people like this and it makes me upset deep inside, " he said Wednesday.

In a now deleted tweet, Stephanie McLean, MLA for Calgary Centre and Minister of Service Alberta and Status of Women, also issued a statement, which the video's poster called "tone deaf".


There were a number of questions around the response by Denny's staff to the incident as well.

The video was posted on Facebook under the name Monir Omerzai, who wrote: "Every culture and every human being should be respected it does not matter what colour you are (or) where you came from".

He has not heard from police or the restaurant since, he added.

They were also told by the manager they would have to pay for the food they had ordered and that they could pack it up and take it with them, but the men declined the food and left without paying.

"You're only hearing one side of the story".

He said the restaurant asked them to leave just as their food arrived.

Some commenters online are calling for a boycott of the restaurant and the chain.

The restaurant is the same Denny's location where shock rocker Marilyn Manson was punched in the face in 2015.


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