• Home
  • National News
  • "I Probably Funded Al Qaeda": Indian-Origin Restaurateur Racially Abused
"I Probably Funded Al Qaeda": Indian-Origin Restaurateur Racially Abused
National  
NDTV

Taj Sardar, the owner of 'The Kings Diner' in Ashland, Kentucky, was targeted by racial posts by the man after eating at his restaurant, WSAZ-TV reported.

 

NEW YORK:  An Indian-origin restaurateur in the US has been racially targeted by a customer who referred to him and his family as "a tribe from India" and went on to comment that he "probably just funded Al-Qaeda" by eating at the hotel, according to a media report.
 
Taj Sardar, the owner of 'The Kings Diner' in Ashland, Kentucky, was targeted by racial posts by the man after eating at his restaurant, WSAZ-TV reported.
 
The small eatery serves a combination of home cooking and Indian dishes.
 
Later, the man took a photo of the restaurant and wrote on Facebook to voice his displeasure with the food and also the people inside, it said.
 
"I reluctantly entered to order meatloaf special and was greeted by a tribe from India. I'm ashamed that I probably just funded Al-Qaeda," the post on Facebook said.
 
"When I first read the thing on the Facebook, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, is this serious?' " Mr Sardar said.
 
"I was like hopefully his backers don't try to get together and push me out here, which I've been living here since 2010," he was quoted as saying by the report.
 
Since the racist post, the restaurant has been packed with community support doubling business ever since.
 
"I got to realise there are more positive people out there than the negative ones we just had experienced, and I'm really thankful to this community here," Mr Sardar said.
 
Mr Sardar said he is thankful for the outpouring of love he has received.
 
He has complained about the incident to police as he fears the safety of his family, the report said.
 
Meanwhile, Ashland city's Mayor Steve Gilmore and three city commissioners visited Mr Sardar to give support.
 
"After what he went through, I wanted to tell him, we're very proud you're one of our entrepreneurs in the city of Ashland and your reputation is sterling," Mr Gilmore said.
 
"What he went through was pretty heavy stuff, and this morning I wanted to show him we're proud of having him in our community," he said.
 
 

 

"There's no room in this city for that kind of behaviour, for racist behaviour and racist comments," one of the city commissioners said.
 
Mr Sardar and his family came to the US legally in 2006 and moved from upstate New York to Ashland in 2010 to open their store.
 
Meanwhile, the Portsmouth Emergency Ambulance Services has terminated the employee.
 
"We recently became aware that a member of our staff created several posts on social media that fall far short of that standard. On behalf of Portsmouth Emergency Ambulance Services, and all 650 members our team, we wish to apologise to anyone who was offended by those posts. We do not agree with, or condone, them", they said in a statement.
 

 
 


 
 


 
More in National
From Streets To A 1000-Crore Company: The Inspiring Success Story Of B...

‘Bikanervala’ is a leading brand in the line of Indian snacks and sweets. Their specialization in this field dates back to about a hundred years back....

Recently posted . 11 views

Exclusive: BJP Received Donation From Company Being Probed for 'Terror...

Weeks after Amit Shah accused NCP leader Praful Patel of treason for having bought a property from the wife of an accused terrorist, the 'Mirchi' factor h...

Recently posted . 13 views

Man Marries Girlfriend In ICU After She Attempts Suicide, Escapes: Cop...

Pune: In her complaint, the woman had claimed that Suraj Nalavade allegedly refused to marry her, saying that she belongs to a lower caste.  <...

Recently posted . 9 views

Mumbai’s ‘first home system’ auto rickshaw impresses many, including T...

Twinkle Khanna shared an image of an auto on Instagram. It shows the vehicle decked up with all sorts of facilities.

Recently posted . 17 views

These Destinations in India Should Put Restrictions on the Tourist Inf...

If you are not living under a rock, you must already be aware of the huge traffic fiasco that the popular Indian holiday destinations saw at the peak of this summer...

Recently posted . 16 views

Delhi Man Arrested At IGI Airport For Dressing Up As Pilot, Just To Sh...

To the point: The man was found in possession of a fake ID card, just so that he could shoot videos and enjoy preferential treatments of being a pi...

Recently posted . 11 views

 
 
 

Prashnavali

Thought of the day

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Maria Robinson