A black customer at a sushi restaurant in Atlanta says racist employees kicked him out for wearing sneakers — while allowing a white woman in tennis shoes to stay.
Dress codes have always been a form of underhanded racism (word to Allen Iverson), but a sushi restaurant in Georgia made things a little more obvious when it allegedly kicked a man out of the establishment for wearing sneakers.
On Wednesday, footage appeared on social media showing an Atlanta man being kicked out of Umi Sushi in Buckhead for wearing all-white Air Force Ones. As expected, the man was confused by the motive as there were other people in the establishment wearing sneakers. He pointed to a white woman who was wearing a pair of Adidas.
Yesterday a black man was kicked out of Umi Sushi in Buckhead for wearing sneakers. An older white woman was also wearing sneakers but was allowed to stay.. ? pic.twitter.com/LeBEsOp0m5
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TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh ____________ Umi Sushi in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is being called out for alleged racial discrimination by a Black couple who were escorted out of the restaurant for a dress code violation. ____________ The couple said it was one thing if a dress code violation is all it was, but to them, it became pretty clear that the rules of the “dress code” applied to them and not to others. Kaylan Colbert said they were refused service because her husband was rocking some Nike Air Force Ones but as soon as they pointed out that a white woman at the bar was wearing Adidas, that’s when they felt they were being targeted because of their race. ____________ Instead of celebrating a birthday, the couple got into a whole exchange with the restaurant’s staff and owner, according to @fox5atlanta. The incident was captured on video by the man’s wife, Kaylan Colbert. ____________ “I had been there multiple times. The COVID situation we had probably been about four times and spent plenty of money there in the past so this is supposed to be–read more at TheShadeRoom.com. (?: @thegeorgialawyer)
The man’s wife, Kaylan Colbert, told the local Fox affiliate that the couple was at the restaurant for a quiet birthday dinner and was already seated when asked to leave.
“As we were walking out though my husband noticed a woman at the bar had on tennis shoes and that’s when everything had gone out the window at that point, because there are no rules here for some people, only for others,” Colbert said. She also revealed she was the person filming the incident. “If you’re going to have rules, they should apply to everyone and not just some people.”
When they were outside the building, the incident started to escalate as the man demanded answers. The exchange ended without an altercation or arrest.
The owner, Farshid Arshid, maintains the dress code is posted at the building’s entrance. He admits fault on behalf of his employees, claiming they should’ve investigated the situation before asking the couple to leave.
“This was completely 100 percent an operational mistake on our end,” Arshid said. “When they got upset, we should have investigated that.”
Although management has reached out to the couple, Colbert can not guarantee they will return to the restaurant. “We’ve seen this on the news over and over lately. Nobody wants to feel that way. Nobody wants to feel like they can’t go to certain places,” she said.
You don’t have to give your money to places that don’t respect you.