Two Women Say They Were Refused Service At Nori Japan In Illinois For Being Black

Two sisters were recently visiting the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, Illinois when something strange happened. A social media user under the name @labellamonay recorded the sisters experience in a TikTok after her sister was allegedly refused service at Nori Japan restaurant due to the color of their skin. The viral video shows the camera centered on the Nori Japan employee as he appeared to continue cooking.

A voice behind the camera questions the staff member.

“Excuse me, did you tell my sister you weren’t going to serve her because she’s Black?” she asked.

“Cause she’s Black? Cause another Black person took your food and didn’t pay, you’re not going to serve my sister?” the Tiktok user adds. The employee allegedly didn’t provide service to the women because of an situaion that involved another Black person not paying for their food.

“You can’t do that, sir. That’s discrimination. You can’t tell her you’re not going to serve her cause she’s Black because of what someone else did today,” she said.

The employee explained that he’d ran across a lot of people who didn’t paid.

“Well, what’s worse, the person that we don’t know not paying you $5 or us suing you for discrimination?” she asks him.

“I don’t know. Same face,” he said. “Oh, cause we all have the same face?” she asks. The women would not let up and made it clear that she wanted the employee held accountable for his actions. She asked viewers not to spend money with the vendor and posted the mall’s location.

While the video circulated, an outpouring of commenters empathized with the employee.

“He’s wrong, but I also understand him. This man is traumatized and hurt. Understanding should come from both sides,” one comment said.

“He has the right to refuse service,” said another.

In response, user @labellamonay posted a follow-up video citing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

“It’s really scary that a lot of you guys don’t understand what this means, and it means that you cannot deny service to anyone based on these reasons. And that’s what this guy did,” she said.

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