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Restaurant owner says Hispanics don't tip in Facebook post, faces backlash

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A California restaurant owner is facing backlash after he posted controversial remarks on Facebook about Hispanics and tipping. (Source: KPMH via CNN) A California restaurant owner is facing backlash after he posted controversial remarks on Facebook about Hispanics and tipping. (Source: KPMH via CNN)
A California restaurant owner is facing backlash after he posted controversial remarks on Facebook about Hispanics and tipping. (Source: KPMH via CNN) A California restaurant owner is facing backlash after he posted controversial remarks on Facebook about Hispanics and tipping. (Source: KPMH via CNN)

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH/CNN) – The owner of a California sushi bar is on the defensive after making controversial remarks on Facebook about Hispanics and tipping.

Steve Wayte, the owner of Roll One For Mi, apologized for the post in which he wrote, “My servers are thinking about building a wall around the restaurant. Why don’t many Hispanics tip?”

Wayte later deleted the message. He said it was meant to be a joke, and he was venting after customers at four tables stiffed his waiters.

 “There was no malice in my heart, and I was just defending my staff that works hard to put a quality product and good service,” Wayte said. “This was nothing against the Hispanic community.”

Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea called for a boycott of the restaurant after finding out about the post.

"We have the opportunity to flex economic muscle. When we speak through our pocketbook, people will listen," Perea said.

Wayte said he was blindsided by Perea's reaction. The two aren’t friends on social media or in real life.

 "What hurts my feelings so bad is that he's trying to economically damage me. I've done nothing to Henry Perea. It was a joke," Wayte said.

Carlos Rucker, a chef at the restaurant, said he’s not surprised by the backlash.

"In the back of my mind I knew this could happen,” said Rucker. ““Sometimes reality is hard to take in. Some Hispanics are very bad at tipping. It may a cultural thing. Not a personal thing.”

Perea said if Wayte had an issue with individuals tipping, he should not have addressed them not an entire race.

Wayte countered that he hopes the boycott backfires and people continue to dine at the restaurant. 

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