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Waiter fired after asking customer for proof of residency

A waiter was fired from a Southern California restaurant after asking customers to prove they had legal residency before serving them.

The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that 23-year-old Brenda Carrillo – who describes herself and her sister as “light-skinned Latinas” – says she and a friend got the question at Saint Marc, an upscale eatery in Huntington Beach. Carrillo says the waiter later asked her sister and another friend to see their proof of residency.

“I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you,” she quoted the waiter saying.

She says the women complained to the manager and left. One later posted an account of the incident online.

The restaurant said in an online post that the waiter was fired and that “this type of behavior… will not be tolerated.”

Kent Bearden, senior director of operations for Saint Marc, says the restaurant will donate 10 per cent of the weekend’s sales to a non-profit chosen by the women. However, the apology posted on Facebook and Instagram has since been deleted because “the circumstances have moved on” and been resolved internally.