A pho restaurant in Texas has landed in hot water after a former employee posted a screenshot of a co-owner dropping the N-word and calling her a b*tch in a group chat.
Domo Schneckenburg worked as a general manger for two years at two Pho Shack branches, the one in Sugar Land and Katy, before she quit on Friday.
Following a conversation over the phone, Schneckenburg’s boss notified the other owner, Danh Le, of her resignation via a text message.
“Fuk the n*****,” he responded, adding, “Don’t like that bitch attitude anyways.”
Schneckenburg was also part of the group message.
“Leave the key with Wilber for me. If u want your last check. Close tonight out correctly and professionally,” her boss said without remorse.
Schneckenburg logged on to Facebook, saying that the experience “was a rude awakening that the stereotypes between black and Asians are still true, New generation or not.”
“I won’t lie and say I wasn’t surprised by his reaction because I was,” she wrote. “Regardless of how long you have known them, how hard you have worked, how trustworthy you have been, whether or not the family knows you, etc. You’re still a n***** in their eyes.”
Her post has since received more than 7,000 reactions, 500 comments and 10,000 shares.
A local restaurant, Daddy Duncan’s BBQ, also cut business ties with the Pho Shack.
Customers flocked to the Facebook comment section as well as the Pho Shack’s Yelp and Google review pages, with many condemning the restaurant for their racism and giving their support to Schneckenburg.
Other former employees also chimed in about the owner.
Schneckenburg has spoken to police who told her to monitor any comments that share personal information about the owners.
She is now actively moderating comments after her former coworkers reportedly received death threats.
Both Pho Shack branches posted two separate apologies, explaining that the restaurant has parted ways with Le.
Le himself tried to defend himself on the Sugar Land branch’s Facebook page by saying he grew up in an environment where people used the N-word “casually.”
Both Katy and Sugar Land restaurants have since taken down all social media accounts.
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