Anti-blackness is global, and unfortunately a part of day-to-day life. For one person, patronizing Café 18 in Santurce ended in the customer getting a receipt that read “NEGROFEO,” something that has generated outrage online.
Juan Ceri shared the image on his Facebook account. On the lefthand corner, the words appear. “It’s shameful in these times,” he wrote. “… We cannot endorse this type of behavior.”
Lamentable que en pleno 2018 en un país como este aún tengamos estos problemas. Algunos dicen que "negrofeo" es el mesero, pero no hay nada confirmado. Queremos que #cafe18 haga una aclaración. Mientras tanto #BoicotCafe18 pic.twitter.com/sA0ZwoCxSh
— ᐯIKIᑎGᗩ (@Vantillana) September 29, 2018
Since his image went viral, people have called for boycotts and spoken out against the restaurant. Owner Alfredo Martínez has since tried to offer an explanation, stating that the words refer to the server and not the client (which, doesn’t make it any better, tbh).
“It’s not what it appears to be,” he said, according to Metro. “Unfortunately, it was taken out of context. To the gentleman, we explained the situation last night and apologized. Yes, it did happen, but it’s not what’s being claimed.”
Martínez added that the restaurant has fired the person who identified the server as “negro feo.”