Terrible descriminative service by Lupe
My good friend and I went to The Village Coffee Shop for lunch yesterday because she had been to this coffee shop several times for for breakfast. She's lived in Beachwood for over 15 years, She said it used to be THE place to go to for breakfast, but it looked pretty empty now. It didn't take us long to realize why this famous eatery's traffic dramatically decreased. We had Lupe as a server, and she was not friendly at all. She kept skipping our booth. Now, both my friend and I are women of color, however, we're very liberal in our way of thinking. We both have interracial families and work in a very ethnically diverse environment. However, we couldn't help but to feel discriminated against since the booths that were to our left and right were occupied by Anglo folks. Could this have been coincidential, we both wondered? but when Lupe approached our table only to deliver the food and when we stopped her with a request as opposed to the adjacent boths that got frequently asked if they needed anything else, we both couldn't help but to feel discriminated against. We were both in misbelief being that Beachwood is considered such a diverse neighborhood. We approached Allison (mgr on duty) about the situation but, Lupe had the adocity of calling my friend a layer and walked away from both of us. Who is this Lupe lady? is she the owner of the joint? Perhaps. I did offer to leave my business card to have the owner contact me about the situation because as a small business owner, I'd want to know about a disturbing situation such as this one, but Allison, the manager refused to take it. I don't know what is going on at the Village Coffee Shop, but I do know that my friend or I will NEVER patronize a place that treats people of color as second class citizens. Has Lupe noticed the color of our new president? It's 2009 for goodness sake... Leave the ignorant frame of mind behind and get with the times!
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