"I did what anybody else should or would do in that situation"
The waitress who ejected a tech CEO from a restaurant for racially harassing an Asian family has spoken out.
Earlier this week, video footage of San Francisco tech CEO Michael Lofthouse spewing racist hate towards the family went viral.
Lofthouse’s comments included “Asian piece of shit”, Fuck you Asians”, “Go back to whatever fucking Asian country you’re from” and “You don’t belong here.”
Jordan Chan, who uploaded the footage to social media, said her family was at the restaurant celebrating a birthday.
“We were celebrating my tita’s birthday, literally just singing happy birthday to her and taking pictures, when this white supremacist starts yelling disgusting racist remarks at us,” she wrote in the video’s caption.
Gennica Cochran was working as a waitress at the Lucia restaurant where the incident occurred. After hearing Lofthouse’s words, Cochran quickly came to the family’s defence.
“You do not talk to our guests like that,” Cochran is heard saying in the video. “You need to leave. Get out. You do not talk to our guests like that. They are valued guests. You are not allowed here ever again.”
Speaking to ABC7 News, Cochran explained her experience hearing her voice in the clip.
“To hear the emotion coming out of my voice, to see my mannerisms, it was unbelievable it was just something that came over me and I just did what needed to be done,” Cochran said.
Cochran went on to say that defending the family was the right thing to do.
“I did what anybody else should or would do in that situation,” she explained. “I felt very protective of them. You don’t come in here and say those kinds of things to people. Especially people feel so raw coming out of quarantine.”
“Most of these people this is the first time that they’ve been out to dinner and then you have someone attacking them it was just no, no, I don’t have time for this.”
“I’m not a mother, but I felt almost maternal,” she continued. “Right, like this is my family and I will take care of them and I will do whatever I can to protect these people. To have someone hate you just because of the way that you look, that’s beyond me. I don’t understand it.”
“It’s not something that I will condone ever again, being silent.”
Lofthouse has since issued an apology online for his behaviour.
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❗️❗️❗️SHARE THIS POST❗️❗️❗️ Trigger warning: Racism, Vulgar Language (FYI he had a LOT more to say after I stopped recording) This is the face of the man who relentlessly harassed my family and I completely UNPROVOKED, UNWARRANTED, and UNCONSCIONABLE. We were celebrating my tita’s birthday, literally just singing happy birthday to her and taking pictures, when this white supremacist starts yelling disgusting racist remarks at us. (“Fuck you Asians” “Go back to whatever fucking Asian country you’re from” “You don’t belong here”) It is no coincidence that this man has the audacity to showcase such blatant racism on the 4th of July. White supremacy has a notorious habit of masquerading as patriotism! The fact that Donald Trump is our president (i.e. THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD) gives racists a platform and amplifies voices of hate. The surfacing of racists is so prevalent right now, even in such an ethnically/culturally diverse and liberal state like California, because Trump HIMSELF uses his position to incite racial tension and to promote aggression towards POC, foreigners, and immigrants. We need change! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE THIS UPCOMING RE-ELECTION. PROTECT ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR AND ETHNIC ORIGIN. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿