Remember Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, with all the racial overtones, and “how come there are no black people on the wall?” sentiment? Well one couple claims to have encountered racist restaurant owners first hand.
An African couple, Willie and Alfie Marshall, claim they were attacked both verbally and physically by two racist Long Island pizza workers last week.
The couple claims that after they began complaining about two slices of pizza being stuck to a bag at Paesano II Pizza in Greenlawn last Saturday, two workers flew into a racist rage.
The attorney for the couple says the pizza workers shouted racial insults at the couple, with one even adding, “This is For Obama!”
You tell me what that means?” the couple’s attorney, J. Stewart Moore, asked.
The couple says that the pizza workers, brothers, Mike and Frank Meringolo, refused to issue them a refund, instead preferring to hurl the N-word at them. They even seemed to be getting a kick out of it, going so far as to throw salt and pepper shakers at them as they were trying to exit the pizza restaurant. That’s when the fight turned physical, and the pizza brothers attacked the couple.
“He stomped me in my face again, then he made a racial slur — I don’t want to say it on the air, I don’t want to do that,” Willie Marshall said.
Marshall says he did not become violent until his wife was attacked: “As I was going out the door, there were some chairs standing there, and quite naturally, when I saw the blood I got very angry and I kicked the chairs.”
The couple is still deciding whether or not they will sue the restaurant.