Interracial Couple Receive Racist Message on Valet Ticket

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An interracial couple received a racist message on their valet ticket after dining at one of their favorite restaurants for a New Years Eve celebration. After enjoying what they said was a lovely meal at Spondivits Bar and Grill in East Point, Georgia, Sergeant Major Sam Aarons and his wife Candea Aarons had their car pulled around by the valet and started their drive home to Columbus, Georgia. Upon inspecting the valet ticket left on their key chain however, they saw that the valet had scrawled the derogatory term “Jungle Fever” across the face of the ticket as a description of the couple. They were outraged and shocked. Both Spondivits and their valet service contractor Advance Parking Solutions have responded with statements stating that they do not tolerate racial speak of any kind on their property.

APS says the valet driver was fired less than 12 hours after the incident was reported and Spondivits was quick to offer a free meal, but the Aarons say there is nothing that can help clear the shock they felt when they saw the message. APS went on to say in a statement that drivers often write small notes on the tickets to help them remember which keys belong to which drivers and that the ticket is usually removed before the keys are given back to their owners. The Aarons feel that the practice may be common but this driver went out of his way to deliver the slur.

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Mrs. Aarons shows offending messgae

Spondivits owner and chef Glenn Gagne disputed the valets intention of insulting the couple, but acknowledges that the behavior is unacceptable no matter what the idea behind it may be. In this case two poor decisions have cost the employee, who has not been identified, to lose his job. The fact remains that the interracial couple received a racist message on their valet ticket. Ms. Aarons insists that the attendant fully intended to insult her and her husband and wrote the note with that specific intention. They feel the firing does little to ease their shock and they are disappointed that such ugly attitudes persist into 2014.

Sam Aarons, who recently returned from a tour in Kuwait, recalls the driver was very courteous, opening the car door for Candea and bidding them both a good night. After giving a generous tip and driving away, they discovered that the ticket was still attached to the key ring, the boldly written insult impossible to miss. The interracial couple says that by bringing media attention to the incident they hope to make people realize that you cannot say hurtful things about others and expect to get away scot-free. The Aarons say they are disappointed that Spondivits has not offered any further apology beyond the declined free meal and want to stress the unacceptable nature of this incident. The interracial couple received a racist message on their valet ticket and they want everyone to know that such things are nothing more than ignorant crimes that only serve to prolong such baseless, spiteful actions.

By Daniel O’Brien

Sources

CBSAtlanta.ca
ABCNews.com
DailyMail.co.uk

8 Responses to "Interracial Couple Receive Racist Message on Valet Ticket"

  1. Patty   March 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I think they’re the right kind: they’re a very lovely couple. You need to stick to your own kind–ignorant and unreasonable.

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  2. Sunny   December 31, 2014 at 10:20 am

    @Debbie – I hope you can find a shallow ignorant bigot to date, so you can stick with your own kind.

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  3. salmo   January 9, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Possibly just a reference to the Spike Lee movie ‘Jungle Fever’ a very positive story about an interracial couple dealing with taboo? And considering the last big story about a message scrawled on a bill, the fact that this valet has been fired within 12 hours of incident and presumably no investigation by his employers is a little concerning.

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  4. Debbie   January 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Stick with your own kind

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  5. Joe   January 6, 2014 at 7:44 am

    If you dig just a little deeper on this story, you will find that the valet parker was a black man. By omitting this important detail, this story is nothing but another shining example of race baiting. The worst part is, everyone is buying it!

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  6. William Shahane   January 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Racist people sicken me. They’re paranoid losers who can’t get over the blooming fact that other people have different skin colours to them. So blooming sad! As for this blatant display of racism, where a guy has actually gone out of his way to hurt two innocent people, all I can say is I think this “valet driver” (lol) needs to look at his President’s race! Mean, hurtful, and unnecesarry

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  7. Zeigler   January 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Jungle fever, haha good one.

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    • CaseInPoint   January 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Said the reason why we can’t have nice things

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