Racist Woman in Canada Tells Filipino Drive-Thru Worker 'You Have to Clean The House'
A video of a woman hurling condescending and racist remarks against a Filipino fast-food worker in Toronto, Canada is making the rounds on social media.
In the video, the woman pulls up into what appears to be a Tim Hortons drive-thru and starts insulting the worker, who was filming the exchange.
“What did you say about the Filipinas?" the worker says to the woman behind the wheel of a yellow car. The driver then launches into a racist tirade: “Go and fuck yourself, okay? Just clean the house.”
“Why are you working at a Tim Hortons?" the woman later says while looking at her phone. “You have to clean the house.”
This video of a customer at a Tim Hortons drive thru in Markham making racist comments at Filipino staff, has gone viral. “Just clean the house, change the sheets. Why are you working at Tim Hortons?” pic.twitter.com/iReAIXvHEw— OMNI Television (@OMNITelevision) October 15, 2021
It’s unclear what led to the heated exchange, but in the video, workers in the background can be heard asking the woman to pay for her coffee.
"Just serve the coffee,” the driver can be heard saying. “This is your job. Just serve the coffee." But the worker counters that she need to pay for it first before she can serve it.
According to Toronto online platform BlogTO, the original clip was posted on TikTok on October 9 and gained traction after being reposted by media outlets 6ixbuzzTv and OMNI Television.
Eventually, the woman in the video came forward and issued an apology.
"To all Timhorton staff, media, partners, friends and critics,” the woman identified as Sherry Mostafavi posted on the Instagram account of Sherry Privé House of Fashion on Sunday (October 17). “I want to apologize to the Filipino Community for the inappropriate comment." wrote in a statement posted to IG Sunday evening.
"I should not have said that,” she added. “I can imagine you're so disappointed. Under no circumstances I should express my anger as an Individual towards the whole community. I will now be doing everything I possibly can to prevent this from happening again in future.
“Racism and bias in any shape or form, conscious or unconscious, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable and need to be eradicated from society. In this instance, we have not been sensitive enough to this agenda.”
In a statement to BlogTO, Mostafavi said that she got upset due to what she claimed was unprofessional behavior on the part of the worker.
"I was at the drive-through and asked for coffee with two creams. She said, 'haaaaaaaaaa?' (Instead of saying excuse me, or at least to say didn't get your order coffee with??). I got upset. I went to the window and told her, what do you mean by 'haaaaaa!' I'm the customer. We both are human, and it's better not to talk to each other with this attitude.
“I knew they were taking a video,” she added. “I was very frustrated. But the way she asked me 'what did say about Filipino people' and the way that I answered was an inappropriate comment... I want to apologize to the Filipino Community for the inappropriate comment. I should not have said that.”
Tim Hortons, which is a Canadian restaurant chain, has also issued a statement to BlogTO.
"Thank you for reaching out. We were really sorry to hear about this situation. Throughout the pandemic, Tim Hortons team members have been working incredibly hard to be there for our loyal guests and to feed and...respect they deserve. We do not tolerate any form of discriminatory or abusive behaviour at Tim Hortons restaurants. The restaurant owner is working directly with their team members to ensure they feel supported in the wake of this unfortunate and unacceptable experience."