A Black motivational speaking in Texas says he and his wife were kicked out of a restaurant so a white customer could take their table.
Last Saturday night, Johnny Wimbrey (pictured above) and his wife went for dinner and drinks at Sambuca 360 in Plano. After they found a good table and received menus, they were approached by a manager who asked if they would give up their table, reported WFAA.
"I said, 'No, I think we want to sit here. We have a great view. It's only a table for two.' We declined the offer respectfully,” Wimbrey told the local news station.
The manager, who is also white, wanted to give their table to a white customer who is a “regular.” When Wimbrey refused to give up his seat, the unnamed manager became angry and told the couple to leave.
"You can pay the tab. You are leaving,” the Sambuca manager can be heard saying on a video Wimbrey recorded.
“Why am I leaving?” asked Wimbrey.
“Because I don't like you,” responded the manager.
The frustrated manager then threatened to call the police and accused the couple of trespassing.
“I tell you to leave right now or I will call the police,” said the manager in the video.
“What did I do wrong?” asked Wimbrey.
“You need to leave now. What you are doing wrong is trespassing,” responded the manager.
Eventually the manager did phone the Plano Police, prompting the Wimbreys to leave.
"The Plano police show up. They jump out of the car and I thought what would happen if I didn't leave?” Wimbrey told WFAA.
Wimbrey, who is a world renowned author and motivational speaker, believes he and his wife experienced racial discrimination.
"I do believe it’s because of who I am and how I look that they asked me to move tables,” said Wimbrey.
Sambuca issued the following statement to WFAA: "We apologize for the miscommunication with our guest on Saturday night, which resulted from a mix-up at our host stand. Sambuca has no tolerance for discrimination and always wants to make every guest feel welcome and respected."
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