‘Get out’: Racist CEO instantly booted
A US tech CEO has gone viral for all the wrong reasons after his shocking racist attack against an Asian family was shared on social media.
Jordan Chan was celebrating her aunt's birthday with her family at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa's Lucia restaurant in California in the US on Saturday when a male guest at a nearby table launched into a vile, racially-motivated tirade against the group.
The family began to record the attack, and the video shows the man making a rude gesture at the family and saying: "Trump's going to f**k you!"
"You f**kers need to leave … You f***ing Asian piece of sh*t," he continued before a waitress intervened, telling him: "You do not talk to a guest like that, you need to leave now … get out of here".
The man stands and puts on his coat and asks: "Who are these f**kers?"
"They are valued guests," the waitress replies.
"Are they? They are valued guests in America?" the man continued.
He was immediately kicked out of the restaurant.
"Get out now," the waitress yelled at the man.
"You are not allowed here ever again."
The man was later identified as Michael Lofthouse, the CEO of Silicon Valley IT start-up Solid8 by US media.
Speaking to US news organisation KOIN news, Jordan Chan said the attack was unprovoked.
"We were singing Happy Birthday. We were just taking pictures and goofing around with each other and then all of a sudden the man, Michael Lofthouse, starts making really loud racist remarks at us," Ms Chan told the station.
"I've dealt with racism as well but never on that scale. Never on that level to the point where somebody completely unprovoked felt obligated to voice out their hatred for absolutely no reason, just because they're filled with that much hatred and because what, because we're different skin colour."
In a statement to KOIN, Bernardus Lodge vice president Sean Damery slammed Mr Lofthouse's actions and praised staff for their handling of the situation.
"This is an extremely unfortunate situation, however, we are proud of our staff at Lucia in keeping with Bernardus Lodge's core values," Mr Damery said.
The video of the attack was originally shared on social media by a friend of Ms Chan and it quickly went viral.
US actor George Takei was one of countless social media users to condemn Mr Lofthouse, sharing a screenshot of his LinkedIn profile and praising the restaurant for "throwing him out and banning him permanently".
Singer and The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson also shared the video, which she described as "unacceptable, ignorant, and disgusting".
THANK YOU SO MUCH to this woman for speaking up and throwing this trash out! Y’all keep standing up for people and for what is right! We all bleed red! Keep calling hate out! It’s unacceptable, ignorant, and disgusting! Change won’t happen if we’re sittin’ down so keep standing! https://t.co/ZplFma22cU— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) July 6, 2020
A number of media organisations have approached Mr Lofthouse for comment, but a response was not received.
His LinkedIn and other social media profiles are also now unavailable.
The incident comes in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and across the world, which has put the spotlight on systemic racism faced by the African-American community and other minorities.
Originally published as 'Get out': Racist CEO instantly booted