The 42-year-old lawyer who was caught on video berating Spanish-speaking employees and customers in a Manhattan eatery on Tuesday, shielded himself from reporters under his umbrella outside his New York City apartment this Thursday.
As the New York Daily News reports, Aaron Schlossberg avoided questions regarding his racist tirade at the Fresh Kitchen restaurant on Madison Avenue near East 39th Street.
Schlossberg used his umbrella to hide his face while simultaneously appearing to shoot cellphone video of the media pack that followed him around as he tried to get away.
“Please send help,” Schlossberg was heard saying into his phone. “They’re claiming things that aren’t true … grabbing me, not letting me walk.”
“They won’t let me move. They’re surrounding me,” he continued before jumping into a taxi.
As he tried to get away, reporters asked him things like, “Why aren’t people allowed to speak Spanish in America?”
The original video of Schlossberg’s tirade was uploaded to Facebook by Edward Suazo, who said that he and his wife were confronted by the lawyer as they were talking to the cashier because he overheard them speaking Spanish to customers.
“Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America,” Schlossberg said in the video from Tuesday.
As a person identified as the manager of the establishment confronted him, he continued: “Your clients and your staff are speaking Spanish to staff when they should be speaking English…My guess is they’re undocumented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them taken out of my country. If they have the balls to come here and live off my money—I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here.”
The bottom line is this: Schlossberg chose to attack Spanish-speaking people for one reason — they were speaking Spanish. Also, he chose to do it in a public place where he knew he could be filmed. He deserves everything that’s coming to him.
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