A Facebook video that went viral on Wednesday shows a NY lawyer going off on a racist tirade and threatening to call immigration authorities-all because women at a lunch chain were speaking Spanish. He said his wife and her friend witnessed the argument at a Fresh Kitchen in midtown.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Suazo's video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.
The video seems to start mid-sentence.
The manager said the man's rant infuriated him, but he refused to return the rancor.
"Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English", the man says.
After activist and journalist Shaun King posted the video to Twitter, activists identified the man as Aaron Schlossberg, an attorney with his own law firm with an office near the restaurant. The one exception she offered to this guideline is if the person actually asks someone to call the police on their behalf.
The man threatens to call immigration authorities and also insults the employee on her physical appearance.
'I will be following up because my guess is there not documented and my next call will be to ICE, ' Schlossberg says. "If they have the balls to come and live off of my money - I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here - the least they could do is speak English, you understand?"
"You are not a Jew", Schlossberg said to the Neturei Karta members.
"Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English", the man in a dress shirt can be heard telling a manager.
"Because of people like you, our nation..." a woman responds before the man starts to record her on his phone saying, "Honey, I'm calling ICE!". Maybe you shouldn't eat that sandwich today. He got mad, waiting in line for his food.
Because we've not independently confirmed the identity of the man at this point, we're not naming him yet, but we're ready to assume he's a lawyer anyway just based on his smugly belligerent attitude. He said he was asking the state's bar association to "look into your bigoted hate here & across NYC". "The Tip Line should not be used as an instrument to intimidate or harass", said Rachael Yong Yow, the spokeswoman for the NY field office of ICE.