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Black couple denied service at Atlanta sushi restaurant over sneakers


An Atlanta sushi restaurant owner has apologized after a Black couple said they were discriminated against when they were escorted out of the establishment for a dress-code violation.

Kaylan Colbert, an attorney, said she and her husband made a reservation for a birthday dinner at Umi but when they arrived, staff refused to serve them because her husband was wearing sneakers.

At some point, Colbert starts recording the at times heated discussion in a video which now has more than 90,000 views on Instagram and was shared on Twitter by nationally recognized civil rights lawyer Ben Crump. Her husband, who is wearing white Nike Air Force 1 shoes and is identified only as Steve in the video, points out to the staff that another patron sitting at the bar is wearing Adidas sneakers as the managers try to move the conversation outside.

“This is pure racism, she has on Adidas,” her husband says in the video.

“I get where you’re coming from,” a staff member responds. “Please we’re all minorities here.”

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Warning: This video contains disturbing language.

Colbert told FOX 5 that the couple had been there multiple times during the coronavirus pandemic and that her husband had worn gym shoes without incident. The couple and the staff continue the conversation outside where restaurant owner Farshid Arshid gets involved just as he’s leaving for the day.

Arshid and Colbert’s husband get into a heated debate and at one point have to be physically separated by staff.





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