McDonald's customer filmed making racist remarks toward Spanish-speaker is fired from job at sheriff's office

An employee at a Georgia sheriff’s office has been terminated after he was filmed making racist remarks toward a Spanish-speaking customer at McDonald’s.

The incident, which took place at a Savannah location of the fast-food chain, reportedly occurred over the weekend.

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In footage captured by the other customer, identified as 19-year-old art student Cristina Riofrio by WSAV, the man can be heard telling Riofrio that he’s worked in the United States for years before asking her, “What did you do?”

“[You] come on a f---ing boat,” he added.

Riofrio responds by sarcastically saying she could afford a flight as opposed to a boat trip, but the man in the video attempts to silence her by barking, “Shut up! That’s what you need to do. Shut the f--- up.”

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office reportedly terminated the man from his job as a jail maintenance mechanic on Wednesday.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office reportedly terminated the man from his job as a jail maintenance mechanic on Wednesday. (cristinariofri3/Twitter)

Riofrio then informs the man she’s filming and tells him he’s “a racist.”

“I know I am,” he says. “I know I am.”

“You shouldn’t be proud of that, really,” Riofrio says.

“Speak English,” he responds.

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Riofrio then tells the man she was speaking with her friends, before calling the man a “f---ing racist.”

“Sure am,” he responds. “That’s me.”

A McDonald’s employee then confronts the man — who was waiting for his order — and asks him to leave, at which point he responds, “Cool. Gimme my food.”

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Riofrio, speaking with WSAV, said she was speaking Spanish with some friends when the man began making offensive remarks.

"[The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office] has no tolerance for this type of behavior and will not allow any person to knowingly be mistreated.”

— Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, per a statement obtained by WSAV

“I wish I could have said a lot of things, but at that time I was really mad and I couldn’t even speak,” Riofrio said. She added that she’s proud of her heritage — she was born in California to Ecuadorian immigrants — and that she’s not going to let this man’s remarks deter her from speaking Spanish when she chooses.

“In America, I can speak F---ING Spanish if I want to,” she wrote in a Twitter post containing the video clip.

A spokesperson for the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to WSAV that the man, whom they identified as a jail maintenance mechanic named Walter Browning, was terminated, as the department has “no tolerance for this type of behavior and will not allow any person to knowingly be mistreated.”