Such callousness was not tolerated for long
Hurricane Harvey brought about unprecedented destruction to a part of the country that was not ready for it. Then again, can you ever be ready for a storm like that? In addition to taking lives, the storm washed away homes, businesses, and entire towns, dispersing people all over the place and leaving them unable to return home or receive income. Despite what the evacuated residents of south Texas are dealing with right now, some people are showing them as little respect and decency as possible. Luckily, though, this restaurant was not having it.
Hurricane Harvey beat down on southeastern Texas with such ferocity that hardly anyone was prepared for the devastating consequences. Currently there are 53,630 Texas citizens living in hotel rooms paid for by the federal government. President Trump signed a disaster declaration that decrees the feds will provide 90% of relocation costs for these people with Texas providing 10%. It will take months, even years for all of these Americans to find stable housing again.
Yet some people who are more fortunate really don’t like having to care for the evacuees, some of whom left their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Elliot Martinez was employed at the San Antonio location of the Rainforest Café until he spilled his opinions on those who were flooded out of their homes in Houston and other areas due to Hurricane Harvey. He wrote a post in the San Antonio Craigslist Facebook group that said, “Man f**k all you cheap evacuees, don’t come eat at my [restaurant] and ask for a discount and then not tip me!!! F88K each and every one of y’all go back to Houston, Galveston, and Corpus, and f**king drown!!!!!! Idagf [I don’t give a f**k] this is how I get paid if you not gonna pay me for your good service then die slow B**ches you and your family!!!! Idgaf!!!”
Not only were others in the group massively offended by his comment, but it had implications far beyond the group. When the post was shared publicly by and outraged user Elliot realized what a huge mistake he had made. He deleted the post, but not before citizens all over the country started calling that particular restaurant and demanded that he be fired.
Some went onto the restaurant’s Facebook page and made comments of their own. Doris Molina wrote, “While [your] employee was talking so bad about us hurt by the hurricane, some of us had to go through this, on foot to get some groceries to our kids.”
As the comments rolled in about how insensitive the man’s complaints were, he lashed out at them saying that he was still employed by the company, that cops can’t do anything about what he was saying, and “Man f**k Rainforest Café!!!!!”
But it looks like the burden will be shouldered by Elliot soon enough. Senior vice president and COO of the specialist restaurants division of Rainforest Café’s parent company Keith Beitler said that the employee was indeed fired for his heinous comments. He said in a statement, “It was brought to our attention that an employee of Rainforest Cafe in San Antonio shared personal comments on a private group Facebook page. This is not reflective of our company’s views and this employee is no longer employed with us. Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.”
With Hurricane Irma heading straight for Florida, it’s important to remember the gargantuan cost that a storm can have on life, security, and property. SHARE this story and extend kindness to those who need it.