November 14 2016
This is insane and completely disrespectful! Is this REALLY what we have come down to? Complete SHAME ON CHILIS! I am DONE with disrespecting our vets! People, without our military we would not have the abundant freedoms that America has. We MUST be respectful to and thankful for our brave Veterans!
This is absolutely ABUSIVE STUPIDITY on Chili’s part:
This veteran even showed his military ID and discharge papers in response to a free meal on Veterans Day. The manager of Chilis took the meal back because he had his hat on while indoors! WHAT!
U.S. Army veteran Ernest Walker started recording video when a manager at a Chili’s restaurant in Cedar Hill, Texas, questioned his military service and took away his food.
Like some other establishments around the country, Chili’s offered free meals to veterans and active military service members on Veterans Day.
Walker wrote on his Facebook page that he was eating at Chili’s with his service dog, Barack, when an elderly customer wearing a Trump shirt came up to him. “He said he was in Germany, and that they did not let Blacks serve over there,” Walker wrote.
Soon after, Walker said the restaurant’s manager approached him and said that a fellow customer said Walker was “not a real soldier because [he] had [his] hat on indoors.” He asked to see identification, and continued to question Walker.
Eventually, he took his food away, even though Walker showed him his military ID and discharge paperwork.
Chili’s is facing fierce criticism on social media after a store manager took a free meal from a veteran on Veteran’s Day.
Army Veteran Ernest Walker posted video on Facebook of the incident, which occurred at a Chili’s in Cedar Hill, Texas, AP reported.
According to Walker, he went to Chili’s, which was offering free Veterans Day meals, with his service dog and was waiting for his to-go order when an older white man questioned him about his military service.
“[He] asked me what unit did I serve in the 24th, I said no the 25th. He said he was in World War 2 in Germany and we did not see people like you over there,” Walker wrote. “They would not allow blacks.”
Walker said he just listened to the man, who was wearing a Trump shirt, and continued to wait for his food.
While the waitress was putting his food in a container, Walker said a manager walked over to him.
“The manager comes and says some guests at the restaurant say that you’re not a real Soldier,” Walker wrote. “I reply, ‘what are you serious what guest?’ The manager Wesly Patrick said can I see military ID? I felt that was reasonable, most people ask for that, so I showed him my ID it checked out.”
Walker said he started recording when the manager asked whether his dog was a service dog. In the video, Walker appeared to hold an I.D. and asked the manager whether he’s checked it.
In the video, things continue to escalate and the manager takes the meal from Walker.
“We are aware of the situation that occurred at our Chili’s Cedar Hill restaurant on November 11th,” the company said in a statement. ”Our goal is to make every guest feel special and unfortunately we fell short on a day where we serve more than 180,000 free meals as a small token to honor our Veterans and active military for their service, hence these actions do not reflect the beliefs of our brand.”
On social media, many called for a boycott of all Chili’s restaurants until the incident is properly dealt with.