by GARY DETMAN
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) — The City of Delray Beach, Fla. is coming out in defense of the Ramen Lab Eatery, a restaurant that became the target of a vulgar racist tirade by several people in a video that has now gone viral.
The verbal attack happened last Thursday, just before midnight as the restaurant started to close.
Owner Louis Grayson, who is of Asian decent, took the video and posted it on Instagram. According to the post, the restaurant asked three men to eat their pizza elsewhere as workers put away tables and closed the place down.
In the video, the men launched into a verbal tirade as they hurled insults and racial slurs at the workers.
“I asked you nicely to leave, that’s about it,” said an employee.
Take your f****** China flu and shove it up your a**,” said a man on the sidewalk.
A second man, with his mouth full of food, called the employee a “communist” while making obscene gestures.
Meanwhile, another employee can be heard in the background on the phone talking to police.
Police said officers responded to the restaurant.
In a statement to CBS12 News, Ted White, the public information manager for Delray Beach Police wrote:
No charges were filed in this case. An officer responded and met with the complainant and two men. The complainant states the males made negative comments and gestures. But the complainant knocked a slice of pizza out of one of the suspect’s hand, making the situation a mutual disagreement between parties.
The Ramen Lab wrote on Instagram:
We have zero tolerance for violence. We are a honest [sic] hard working business. We stand against any type of racism, harassments and discrimination. We pride ourselves in having a multicultural environment.
Interim Delray Beach City Manager Jennifer Alvarez issued this statement on Tuesday:
The hatred, ugliness and disregard for common decency exhibited by these two men outside of Delray Beach’s Ramen Lab are the exact opposite of the core values of inclusivity and diversity that are at the heart of the Delray Beach community. As Delray Beach’s Interim City Manager I condemn their actions and language, reject their hatred, and stand in support of Ramen Lab’s staff, who exhibited grace during a stressful, and potentially dangerous, situation.
WARNING: Video from Ramen Lab Eatery includes racist and homophobic language that has been censored in this video, viewer discretion is advised