A white man, upset that employees at a NY breakfast restaurant were speaking Spanish, was recorded on Tuesday threatening to call agents from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain the workers and otherwise ranting about the employees speaking a language other than English.
Aaron Schlossberg was identified as the customer who loudly complained that employees at Fresh Kitchen were speaking Spanish to customers - and he threatens to call ICE on everyone after he's laughed out of the coffee shop.
The restaurant's manager, Emily Serrano, told NBC4 that she and another employee, who are bilingual, were speaking in Spanish when the yelling began. Full video of rant: ABC7 sister station WABC-TV in NY spoke to the 35-year-old customer who captured the rant on her cell phone. He spoke it. He spoke it. The customer pointed at all the employees he heard speaking Spanish, repeatedly saying "It's America".
'I will be following up because my guess is there not documented and my next call will be to ICE, ' Schlossberg says.
After activist and journalist Shaun King posted the video to Twitter, activists identified the man as Aaron Schlossberg, an attorney with his own law firm with an office near the restaurant. "The Tip Line should not be used as an instrument to intimidate or harass", said Rachael Yong Yow, the spokeswoman for the NY field office of ICE.
WARNING: Video contains profanity. Some New Yorkers have gotten together to hire a mariachi band to go to the lawyer's office on Thursday. I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here.
"If you intend on running a place in midtown Manhattan your staff should be should speak English". She responded, "Maybe you should get hit by a auto!" "I wish someone tells me I can't speak in my native language!"
Then, when the manager confronted him, he just wouldn't shut up.
"Your staff should be speaking English, OK?", he adds. They said the cafe welcomes people from all cultures.
Last year, Thomas D. Homan, the acting director ICE, warned anyone living in the country illegally that they were deportable: "You should look over your shoulder", he said.
Serrano then gets into a yelling fight with the man, where he tells her to take a break from food and she tells him he should get hit by a vehicle.