VIDEO: B.C. Woman Fired From Job After Racist Rant
Police are investigating after a woman at a Denny’s in Alberta was caught on video shouting at other patrons to “go back to your own" country and threatening to “leap across the table” and punch them.
The woman, who has since lost her job at a B.C. car dealership after being identified, has apologized. But she says the video doesn’t reflect the whole story and that she was “merely standing up for myself as I was being disrespected that night."
Monir Omerzai and Mujtaba Abdul Ghafar say they were asked to leave a Denny's restaurant in Lethbridge after getting into a verbal exchange with another customer at the end of April.
WARNING: This video contains offensive language
Monir Omerzai, who has lived in Lethbridge for more than 12 years since moving from Afghanistan, said the incident happened in April. He posted the video to Facebook on Tuesday evening after he says friends encouraged him to do so.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 350,000 times, Kelly Pocha accuses the men of not paying taxes, demands that they speak English and tells them to “go back to where you came from.”
A man at Omerzai’s table responds by saying that they are, in fact, Canadian.
“You’re a human being, I’m a human being --” the man says, before being cut off.
“No, you are not Canadian,” Pocha says.
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With a report from CTV Lethbridge and CTV Calgary