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Video: Man Threatens To Call ICE On Workers Speaking Spanish At Midtown Fresh Kitchen

May 16, 2018 - 2:11 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A white man went on a racist rant, threatening to call federal immigration officials on workers at a Midtown restaurant because they were speaking Spanish with customers.

The incident Tuesday at the Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue was all caught on video.

Edward Suazo, who posted the clip on his Facebook page, said his wife and her best friend had stopped in for lunch and were speaking in Spanish with one of the employees as they were ordering their food.

That apparently set off the tirade.

"Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English," the man is seen telling a manager. "Every person I listen to, he spoke it, he spoke it, she's speaking it. It's America. Your staff should be speaking English."

He then threatens to contact officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"I will be following up and my guess is they're not documented so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country," the man says. "If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money -- I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here, the least they could do is speak English. You understand? If you intend on running a place in Midtown Manhattan your staff should be speaking English, not Spanish."

When a woman off camera tells him "because of people like you our nation is messed up," he waves his phone at her and tells her he's "calling ICE" before adding, "Maybe you shouldn't eat that sandiwch today. Take a break from the food."

The woman replies, "Maybe you should get hit by a car" as the man storms out.

The video caught the notice of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who issued a tweet saying New Yorkers speak more than 200 different languages and are all welcome.

Also on Twitter, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said "this bigot must be exposed."

The man in the video has been widely identified as attorney Aaron Schlossberg, 42, who works nearby. Attempts by WCBS 880 to reach out to him were unsuccessful late Wednesday afternoon.