Yesterday night, the Melbourne branch of Burger Project copped it after Rutendo Ruth Muchinguri posted a receipt that her husband received, appearing to refer to him and his group of friends with a racial slur.
She slammed the “disgracefully discriminatory treatment” her husband received, saying “it’s exhausting that in 2017, in a modern and multicultural society some of your staff remain insensitive to the impact that this insidiuously nasty and vile word has.”
The image was widely shared on social media, and Burger Project have since shared an official statement on their Facebook page, apologising “profusely” and saying that the employee involved has been terminated:
“We are very concerned to learn about the unacceptable language used by an employee of our Burger Project St Collins Lane store today.
Rockpool Dining Group is a caring and inclusive company.
We have a clear policy of respect and care for our customers, staff and community.
We do not condone this kind of behaviour from our staff, or accept this treatment of our customers.
As soon as we became aware of the matter this afternoon, when we were contacted on the behalf of the customer, we acted: we reached out and apologised and the employee’s position was terminated.
The employee’s behaviour was in breach of our code of conduct and such behaviour won’t be tolerated.
We apologise profusely for the upset and hurt this has caused.”
It’s unclear whether Burger Project have spoken to the patron affected, but the most recent comments under their Facebook post by Muchinguri herself indicate they may not have made contact as yet.
Source: Burger Project / Facebook.