On Friday, Veterans Day, a U.S. Army veteran named Ernest Walker decided to go to Chili's for their complimentary meal for veterans offer. He and his service dog, Barack, went to the Chili's in Cedar Grove, TX, where Walker ordered a burger. He got his food, but before he could finish it, the restaurant manager came over to his table, accused him of not being a real soldier, and abruptly took the meal away. What a nice way to thank someone for his service!
Apparently, while Walker was seated in the restaurant, an "old white guy, maybe in his 70s, with a Trump Shirt" questioned his military credentials, because Walker was wearing his hat indoors. The man then went into the back of the restaurant, and, while a waitress was packing up Walker's food to-go (because he was on his way to pick up his wife), the restaurant's young manager came out from the back of the restaurant, told him he wasn't a real solder because of his hat, took his food, and asked him to leave. And that's when Walker started filming.
Patrick had also apparently questioned whether Barack was a real service dog, but wouldn't answer any of Walker's questions, and wouldn't look at any documentation. In the post, he wrote,
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." 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, made body contact.
Walker's Facebook post has, unsurprisingly, been watched more than 325,000, due to the manager's incredibly racist behavior. Chili's offered a lame apology via social media, and claimed they were "reaching out" to Walker.
The manager hasn't made any comment, but you can bet Barack is pretty pissed. The dog, not the president. Well, maybe both.