Local -Team: Accusations of racial slurs by customer at restaurant – couple says they were kicked ou
VIDEO OF AN ALLEGED RACIAL INCIDENT POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA … IS GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION. AND TONIGHT … WE ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE MAN ACCUSED OF DIRECTING THAT RACIAL SLUR AT A LOCAL COUPLE . WHO WERE OUT HAVING THEIR ANNIVERSARY DINNER AT AN EAST MEMPHISI RESTAURANT. LOCAL I-TEAM SENIOR INVESTIGATOR JENI DIPRIZIO JOINS US IN THE STUDIO WITH WHAT SHE’S UNCOVERED. JENI Jeni: SOURCES TELL US HE RUNS A LARGE AMBULANCE COMPANY IN THE MID-SOUTH. YOU NEVER HEAR THE MAN SAY THE “N-WORD” ON THE RECORDING …. BECAUSE THE COUPLE’S ATTORNEY SAYS THEY STARTED RECORDING AFTER IT HAPPENED. JENI DIPRIZIO/REPORTING : DESHUN FLETCHER SAYS WHEN HE WENT TO RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE FOR HIS ANNIVERSARY DINNER… HE NEVER EXPECTED IT TO END THE WAY IT DID. deshun fletcher/upset customer: “I’m processing all of this it’s a sad thing.” FLETCHER SAYS A CUSTOMER AT A NEARBY TABLE TAUNTED HIM, HIS WIFE AND ANOTHER COUPLE, … AND CALLED THEM THE N-WORD.. FACEBOOK POST: ” “EVENTUALLY, FLETCHER SAYS MANAGERS ASKED HIM AND HIS PARTY TO LEAVE…HE WAS ASKED TO BE THE BIGGER PERSON. FACEBOOK POST: ” ” deshun fletcher/upset customer: “it was like it was a push. it was a slap to the face. why should I be the bigger man when clearly he is doing things he shouldn’t do?” andre wharton /fletcher’s lawyer: “why is my client and his wife and the cousin and his wife asked to be the bigger person? what is this comparison going on and why are they going to be asked to be removed from the establishment?” IN A statement RUTH’S CHRIS SAID “WE DO NOT CONDONE HATE SPEECH OR INTOLERANCE. OUR GOAL IS TO DELIVER A DINING EXPERIENCE THAT IS INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING… AND WHILE THIS WAS AN ALTERCATION BETWEEN GUESTS…WE ARE TAKING THIS SITUATION VERY SERIOUSLY AND INVESTIGATING.” Jeni: WE’RE STILL TRYING TO TRACK DOWN THE MAN ACCUSED OF USING THE RACIAL SLUR. WE HAVE LEFT NUMEROUS MESSAGES FOR HIM AT HIS OFFICE. FOR THE LOCAL I-TEAM, I’M JENI DIPRIZIO.