Would you care for some racial slurs with your meal? In Atlanta, a hostess at a popular barbecue restaurant has been fired for singing "ching chong ching chong" just before seating a group of Asian American diners.
Atlanta's Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Fires Employee for Using Racial Slurs
During a recent visit to Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, one of the most popular restaurants in Atlanta, writer Steph Cha says she overheard the hostess walking behind her table while chanting "ching chong ching chong" with a sing-song voice, in the manner that one might chant "ding dong dong dong." Cha took to Yelp to air her complaint about the incident.
I was having a pleasant enough dinner at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q when whoops, racism rained on my head from behind. The way I remember it is this: I was enjoying a meal with my husband and one of his best friends from childhood, who we never see. I had just received my plate and had my teeth halfway through a chicken wing. The hostess walked behind our table and chanted, "CHING CHONG CHING CHONG."
My husband and I both froze and just stared at each other. My back had been to the hostess, and for around fifteen seconds, we wondered, silently, if it could be innocent. She had chanted it like you might chant "Ding dong ding dong," with that sing-song voice. Then she went outside, and when she came back in, she was leading a group of eight Asian-American diners.
Cha first engaged in some fairly useless exchanges about the incident with Fox Bros. via Twitter. The restaurant actually tried to explain the "ching chong" by saying it was the hostess' attempt to call out "the correct name."
Uh, no. Nice f*cking try.
According to Eater, the employee in question was fired 48 hours after the incident.
You can read the rest Steph Cha's Yelp review here.