CEDAR HILL, Texas — An army veteran was truly shocked and insulted when his free Veterans Day meal was taken away by a Chili’s restaurant manager.
U.S. Army veteran Ernest Walker went to Chili’s to partake in their free meal for veterans and active military on Veterans Day.
Walker, who was accompanied by his service dog, was eating his meal when he said an elderly gentleman wearing a Trump shirt came up to him.
“He asked if I was in the 24th unit, and I said “no the 25th”. TRICK QUESTION. He said he was in Germany, and that they did not let Blacks serve over there,” Walker said in a Facebook post.
Shortly after, Walker said the restaurant’s manger approached him and said that a customer had reported that Walker was “not a real soldier because he had his hat on indoors.” The manager proceeded to ask for identification, and even though Walker had showed his military ID and discharge paperwork — his meal was still taken away.
Walker recorded the entire interaction and immediately posted it on Facebook, in which it has been viewed more than 271,000 times.
Chili’s responded to people calling for the manager to be fired via Facebook.
The restaurant chain said “our goal is to make every guest feel special. Unfortunately, we fell short on a day that we strive to honor our Veterans.”
Though the company has not directly talk to Walker, they said they are going to reach out to him.