A Texas restaurant was compelled to close down its social media accounts on Saturday after it obtained backlash for posting a photograph of Jeff Classes throughout the lawyer normal’s go to to the Houston chain.
The fury in opposition to El Tiempo Cantina started when the restaurant posted an image Friday of proprietor Rolando Laurenzo’s son and Classes. Laurenzo wrote within the caption that it was an “honor” to serve the lawyer normal, who was in Houston to fulfill with legislation enforcement officers on crime and unlawful immigration.
Followers shortly condemned the submit and lambasted the restaurant for serving Classes. Some individuals urged prospects to boycott the restaurant whereas others despatched demise threats to Laurenzo and the workers.
“I felt prefer it was a slap to the neighborhood that helps the restaurant and that backs up the restaurant and that works for the restaurant,” Houston resident Gilma Aguirre informed ABC13.
The submit was taken down and Laurenzo wrote an apology, saying the image “doesn’t characterize us supporting [Sessions’] place,” Houston CultureMap reported.
“El Tiempo doesn’t in anyway help the observe of separating kids from mother and father or some other practices of the federal government relative to immigration. The posting of of the Legal professional Basic at one in every of our eating places doesn’t characterize us supporting his positions,” Laurenzo wrote in a Fb submit earlier than the restaurant’s account was deactivated.
Laurenzo mentioned the restaurant didn’t know it will be serving Classes and the workers was targeted on “serving nice meals and giving nice customer support.”
“The person got here to dinner and he was served with out us even fascinated by the political conditions,” Laurenzo wrote. “It was posted with out overview or approval by possession and this has led to everybody leaping to conclusions that someway we’re concerned on this political matter. We don’t approve of anybody separating mother and father and kids.”
Regardless of the reason, the restaurant appeared to deactivate all its social media pages as of Saturday as a result of backlash.
Laurenzo informed KHOU11 that it was a “mistake” for the restaurant to submit the picture.
“Looking back, it was a mistake as a result of it angered so many individuals,” Laurenzo mentioned. “We’ve gotten so many complaints and feedback. And threats, demise threats. This has been extraordinarily surprising to our household.”
He additionally informed ABC13 he determined to delete the social media accounts as a result of individuals had been insulting the restaurant and his household in “dramatic vogue.”
“Individuals are insulting us in such a dramatic vogue, and we really feel like we do not deserve it,” the restaurant proprietor mentioned. “A minimum of briefly I had it taken down as a result of I do not wish to be insulted, my kids to be insulted, my household to be insulted.”