Michigan Tire Shop Owner Refuses to Service Black or ‘Ghetto’ People
Whitney's Tire and Auto Repair not only refuses to service black people, the owner of the business said so publicly.
Sometimes as a nation we take 2 steps forward and 100 steps back. If Yelp existed back in 1960 we may see this type of response. How this could really happen in 2016 is beyond me.
According to a Yahoo News article published yesterday, this tire shop based out of Ann Arbor, MI says he does not want the business of blacks or "ghetto people."
Jim S. of Whitney's Tire and Auto Repair tried to defend himself by responding to a terrible review on Yelp by saying, "Ghetto Folks need to stay in the Ghetto and not come to Ann Arbor.
It's worth nothing that neither Yahoo nor Yelp have confirmed that the person making the comments on the page is definitely the owner of the shop.
Warning: Some of the language in the Yelp complaint and response is offensive.
If you thought this shop owner couldn't dig a deeper hole, hang on tight. We'reka leaving the most graphic parts of this quote out on this blog. But you can read the whole story by clicking the button below.
According to Yahoo News,
Shalynn Renee Vaughn, a 24-year-old student at the University of Michigan, who called the auto shop to ask the price of a tire, recorded a conversation with Jim S., in which he says he doesn't service "monkeys."
"There's no law against refusing service to ghetto people..."
Aside from how hateful all of this is, it actually is against the law. There's a little something called the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Straight from the United States Department of Justice,
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, or national origin in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, and places of entertainment. The Department of Justice can bring a lawsuit under Title II when there is reason to believe that a person has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in violation of Title II. The Department can obtain injunctive, but not monetary, relief in such cases. Individuals can also file suit to enforce their rights under Title II and other federal and state statutes may also provide remedies for discrimination in places of public accommodation.
This isn't the first time a mechanic connected to Whitney's shot has come under fire for similar actions.
Again, for the sake of keeping this as family friendly as possible, we've left out the most offensive language. Check out the Yahoo News article for the full story.
Have you witnessed or experienced behavior from a business like this?