A totally not racist mechanic in Michigan is making the news for his refusal to serve African-Americans.
According to a Yelp review, Madison Callanan, of Ypsilanti, called Whitney’s Tire and Auto Repair in Ann Arbor to get a quote on tires and had the worst customer service experience ever. She said that the person who answered the phone told her she “sounded f*cked up” and “I don’t have time for stupid questions.” The imbecile went on to say,”I’m treating you like the dog you are.”
After she posted the review online, the shop owner Jim S., lost his mind and responded to her saying:
Most reviews will be left by blacks from Ypsilanti because I don’t want them to call here. Nothing against them, but given an examination, I found a way to make a boatload more money avoiding them doing commercial water heaters. We stick to [University of Michigan] related clients, a more appropriate fit considering they reside near our shop. Ghetto folks need to stay in the Ghetto and not come to Ann Arbor.
I am disgusted. Ann Arbor and surrounding area friends NEVER use Whitneys Auto on S State!!!!! The owner is a degrading racist pig who has already been on fox 2 (and mark my words, he will be on again) for treating people with such disrespect. You messed with the wrong girl, Whitney Passino… #AnnArbor #A2 #AutoShop #Ypsilanti #Michigan
Shalynn Renee Vaughn, 24, a black University of Michigan student saw the review online and called the shop to ask the owner about it, but that conversation went as well as you’d expect.
There’s no law against refusing service to ghetto people. I don’t serve fucking monkeys, little fucking primates,” Jim S. told Vaughn in the recording provided to Mic.
It gets even better! A reporter from Mic called Jim and he admitted that it would be illegal to refuse service to black people — because of that pesky Civil Rights Act — but he said it’s cool because he only refuses service to “ghetto people.” When the reporter asked him to define that term, he grew agitated and said:
Race has nothing to do with this, let me clarify. What we’re trying to avoid is people who number one can’t afford service.
He was then asked if he understood that the term “ghetto” has a history of being used to describe black people and it upsets people. He responded by saying,”I understand that a lot of people find racism to be the worst thing in the world.” Not him, mind you, just “a lot of people.”
It’s pretty sad that in 2016 we still have people like this and what’s worse is that we have an entire political party that condones this behavior. Just look at the Republican Party’s frontrunner Donald Trump and what has made him so popular. The only positive thing to come from this incident is that not only is Jim a racist, but he is a racist who loves to talk and now there is plenty of evidence to prove he is violating the Civil Rights Act. Let’s see how smug he is when he’s nailed for that.
Featured image via Yelp