Newport Beach, CA – Orange County businessman Mark McHenry reportedly enjoyed going to the Landmark Steakhouse even though he sometimes found their treatment of him to be odd. One example given was an employee remarking to McHenry, who is black, that “black is the new white.” In spite of this, it was reported that McHenry visited ‘dozens and dozens’ of times that including bringing friends. He was also considered to be a generous tipper.
McHenry sounds like a customer that Landmark would like to keep, but – after one of his visits – McHenry took a look at his Landmark receipt and saw that it referred to him as “McStinkyNigger.” He then dug out other saved receipts only to see himself referred to as “McNigShit” and “McCottonwood.”
In a deposition, Landmark Steakhouse co-owner Mario Marovic described not discriminating “against any group of people on any basis whatsoever.” Despite this compelling declaration, U.S. Magistrate Judge Victor B. Kenton rejected the restaurant’s attempts to stop McHenry’s lawyers from inspecting the restaurant’s entire history of customer receipts to check for a systematic, widespread use of racial epithets. The inspection resulted in the discovery of an additional 12 instances where receipts included racist comments.
While preparations for the case were underway, a bartender who was identified by management as being responsible for the incidents attempted to reach McHenry to let him know that it was just a big joke and to plead for his job. One voicemail recorded the bartender saying, “Yo Mark. Hey it’s [NAME WITHHELD]. Give me a call when you get a chance man. Just wanted to apologize for that tab, dude. You know we were totally jokin’ around.” In a text message on Christmas Eve, he said, “merry christmas! hope to see you soon. we miss you! please forgive us for being stupid. its not the same without you there. luv u bud!” A third message mentioned his dependent family and mortgage.
The case was scheduled to be heard next month. Instead, the two sides have reached an agreement. There was no report on the terms of the agreement, but it is expected that the damages were ‘substantial.’ The bartender who was so in fear of losing his job after pulling this crap has also been fired.
Beeeeep. ”Hi Mr. Bartender. Just wanted to apologize for that job-thing, dude. Luv u 2.”Tags: California, Landmark Steakhouse, Lawsuit, Mark McHenry, racism