Chilli’s Manager Wrongly Forces Disabled Veteran to Prove He Is a Vet After Customer Claims He Is Not

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By: Customer’s Poet

Veterans Day.

A day in which all of America comes together to honor those who risk their lives for the betterment of ours. Without their daily sacrifices the quote “the land of the free…the home of the brave” would not exist in our country’s National Anthem. Yet, this day of honor did not go as planned for one vet.

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, Ernest Walker, a disabled veteran who uses a service dog, went to the Cedar Hill, TX Chili’s Restaurant on 376 N Hwy 67 to redeem the free meal for veterans offer. After sitting down and ordering his meal, a customer wearing a Trump shirt approached Walker asking him “Where did you serve?” referring to the military branch he served. Walker, who proudly served the 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightening in the US Army, took the time to explain which branch he served.

“I was approached by an old white guy, maybe in his 70s, with a Trump Shirt, at Chili’s on Veteran’s Day yesterday. He asked if I was in the 24th unit, and I said “no the 25th?”

Doubting Walker’s claim of being a vet, the customer went to the restaurant manager to tell him Walker was not a vet and should not be served a free meal.

“Then the Manager, MR. Wesley Patrick, comes from the same area in the back, walked up, and rudly informs me that a guest said that I was not a real soldier because I had my hat on indoors. Other guests heard him.”

After arriving at Walker’s table, the manager Wesley Patrick asks Walker to show his military ID to prove he is a vet. Which he does. Then the manager asks for Walker’s information on his service dog. Which he again provides.

“He asked for my military ID, I was calm, and provided it to him. I also provided him with my DD214 which is my discharge paperwork. At that point he should have just said “I am sorry Sir, thank you for your service’ Instead he followed up with “the guest also said your dog is not a service dog.”

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Yet after proving his military status and having documentation on his service dog, the restaurant manager tells Walker he to leave. Instead of leaving, Walker decides to film the incident.

“Barack had his Red Service Vest on, and his Certified Service Tags. I was sitting for 35 minutes prior with Barack beforehand. At this point I was grossly offended embarrassed dehumanized and started Recording…Mr. Wesley snatched my food away”

While filming, Walker states he showed the manager his military id and documents on his service dog. The manager became infuriated and continued to ask Walker to leave. Even snatching his free meal from his hands.

According to another source Pastor Marcus King, the restaurant manager did not apologize nor did Chili’s. Pastor King stated Chili’s made claims of firing the manager on Monday, November 14th. Yet as of Saturday, November 12, 2016 the manager is still employed there.

 

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UPDATED November 14, 2016

According to NBCDFW News, Chili’s has apologized to Walker via his Facebook page:

“We are aware of the situation that occurred at our Chili’s Cedar Hill restaurant on November 11th. 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. We are taking this very seriously and the leaders in our company are actively involved with the goal of making it right. Since the incident occurred, we have extended an apology and we are reaching out to the guest.”

UPDATED November 15, 2016

According to Dallas News, has removed restaurant manager Wesley Patrick. Chili’s president Kelli Valade said in a prepared statement that the restaurant immediately removed the manager.

As always be smart, be savvy, and equip. Love Secret Eyes Everywhere?

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As always be smart, be savvy, and equip. Love Secret Eyes Everywhere?

Learn more about us visit www.secreteyeseverywhere.com.

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