Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant is about to pay for its discriminatory actions. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the restaurant pay 10,000 dollars to Emile Hickman and his friends after staff demanded that the group of four, the only black people in the restaurant at the time, pay for their meal before it was even on the table. The restaurant insisted that this was the policy, but that was easily discredited once the group asked their fellow diners. It soon became clear that the group was being targeted for the color of their skin. "The average Canadian never calls themselves racist," said Hickman, "but if a significant part of the population have legitimate stories of being discriminated against, this has to be seen beyond the scope of a restaurant claim."
On Twitter, Hickman and his friends were widely met with support.
Surprisingly Judgement made after 4yrs 😎.. No matter what Truth always come out and win 👍— All is Well (@CNTOWER09) May 1, 2018
Good, we are a Country that respect Human Rights and does not accept discrimination or any kinds, for it we Human Rights Tribunal to protect and defend it.— Angel Sanche (@AngelSanche3) May 1, 2018
Come on !! Cant single someone out based on the colour of their skin!— debbie (@HabsIn416) April 30, 2018
Twitter also decided that Hong Shing is cancelled.
Hong Shing ignored repeated requests to come to a amicable solution. I asked that they place on menu notice no customer is to pay before meal while dining. They refused. That's after they ignored multiple notices to address complaint— Emile Wickham (@emile_wickham) April 30, 2018
Alright so I can’t ever eat at Hong shing again so, now where’s the spot ?— nikitaa 💋 (@_kidaabeautiful) April 30, 2018
Hopefully this has taught Hong Shing Restaurant to be more gracious and less suspicious to its guests of color. After all, it's a lesson they'll be paying $10,000 to learn.