Over the weekend, a video was shared to social media platforms depicting an interaction between a Days Inn manager and a guest.
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I would just like to start off saying I have NEVER in my life at any establishment been treated the way I was two nights ago by a working employee here at the @Daysinn Hotel 5701 Chambers Street, Norfolk Virginia 23502. I was beyond blatantly disrespected as a paying guest. The whole reason for his verbal attack on me was all because I went inside the guest breakfast room and took a yogurt (which WAS FREE and there was no sign stating guests are not allowed to take a yogurt). I HOPE people will share this video and tag everyone and anyone because this hate is NOT OK!
The video has Joshua October, a rapper, recording his interaction with the manager of the hotel. The older gentleman keeps referring to October as “boy,” insulting his hair and look.
October explains that this incident started when the manager berated him for taking a yogurt from the guest breakfast room. October started recording the interaction sometime after that point.
The video was shared to Reddit’s Public Freakout page where people share these kinds of videos.
“I wonder if the old guy was looking for the camera app the entire time in the beginning” – –cornplantation
“That’s my favorite part.
“Hello, police? Would you look at this chump? He isn’t bothering me; he isn’t anything to me. His hair is a mop.”
Dude didn’t even tell the police bye.”
“this dude is straight out 1920s Mississippi.”
The manager responded by getting out his own phone and seemingly recording the incident from his side. He calls October “prison boy” and says his hair looks like a mop.
The manager just keeps laughing at October and using curse words in their interaction. While it’s unknown what happened before the recording, October is very calm and cordial in the video.
The manager is not necessarily threatening, but he is very dismissive, uses curse words to describe a guest, and supposedly tells the police in reference to October,
“He ain’t nothing to me.”
On Twitter, people were calling on Days Inn to take action.
@daysinn Your racist, bigot, toothless manager of your Norfolk Days Inn should be fired for treating a paying guest the way he did. It’s shameful. I will NOT stay at a Days Inn until I know this scum is no longer employed by your company.— 🌱Vegan Marilyn 🌱 (@VeganMarilyn) April 22, 2019
You need to apologize to the guest. https://t.co/K1aPc4V8JS
Well @daysinn unless this guy is immediately fired I will never stay at another Days Inn again. There are plenty of options where I don't have to deal with openly racist managers and the company that support them.— Ron☘ (@kellr2010) April 22, 2019
@DaysInn between this video (trending on Reddit) of a racist manager at your Norfolk VA location and the Trip Advisor reviews for this place, I'm surprised that it still carries the Days Inn sign. https://t.co/mp57Y26MJk— AmRealHuman (@AmRealHuman1) April 21, 2019
At one point October says the manager is going to lose his job over this incident, and the manager responds,
“I don’t care. You think I’m worried about this job?”
“I ain’t going to lose my job over you.”
Days Inn has responded saying they have fired the manager in the video.
There’s nothing to investigate! He should’ve BEEN fired! It’s on video!— M🍑45 (@MissCher) April 21, 2019
This racist manager was fired because of the video! If not no one would have listened! I hope Days Inn gives this customer compensation for the harassment! 💰💰 https://t.co/dIgqwRGsqJ— Maggie (@flyachihuahua) April 22, 2019
Reply I got from Days Inn:— Stoner Central (@stonercentral1) April 22, 2019
...Upon learning of this incident, we immediately reached out to the hotel's owner, who has since informed us that the individual in question is no longer an employee of the hotel. We extend our sincere apologies to this guest...
Days inn are dumps anyway. This guy gave up on being a human a long time ago. The customer should never have been spoken to that way. No matter what he looks like. Who does this old guy think he is to pass judgement on someone?— ajman (@MandichTony) April 22, 2019
Definitely and he’s faking it— GG 🧚🏽♂️💫🍑 (@ggqt3) April 22, 2019
The age of smartphones has helped capture incidents like this. It’s well known for people of color that racism is alive and well in this country, but it often takes a recording like this to get other people to see it.
Earlier this year, a woman hurled racial slurs at a man who dropped his sister off at a crosswalk. She also made the strange claim to have shot Tupac.
A few months before that, a guest at McDonald’s was upset he had to request a straw from the counter and assaulted a worker. The woman fought back so hard she won the internet’s heart.