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Buffalo Wild Wings fires employees who tried to get black man’s group to move tables

Employees at a suburban Chicago Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant have been fired after allegedly asking a black man and his group to change tables because of their skin color.

  • Justin Vahl was celebrating a birthday at the chain’s location in Naperville.
  • He was at a large table with a group of 18.
  • At one point, an employee reportedly asked him about his ethnicity.
  • Later, Vahl says a manager asked the group to move because a “regular customer” didn’t want to sit near black people.
  • Vahl, who identifies as multiracial, opted to leave the restaurant after additional managers put pressure on them to move tables.
  • Meanwhile, says it has fired the employees involved in the incident.
  • “We take this incident very seriously and after conducting a thorough, internal investigation have terminated the employees involved. Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.”
  • Local groups, including the DuPage NAACP have been speaking out against the incident and are also “looking into” the incident.
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