Another Filipino family in California experienced a racist attack while they were simply singing the “happy birthday” song to their child while inside a restaurant.
The encounter was caught on cam and was posted on social media. In the video, a man can be seen harshly throwing insults towards the Filipino family.
Raymond Orosa was present when the incident happened and identified the man as Michael Lofthouse, a CEO of a tech company. According to Orasa, it was their first time to experience a racist attack for the past 26 years that they stayed in the US.
“We just wanted him out. I was worried about the safety of my family and everybody’s family, for that matter,” says Orosa.
While they were shocked upon the insults of Lofthouse, a waitress in the restaurant helped them deal with the situation. With the help of another guest, Lofthouse was sent out of the restaurant.
It was later found out that Lofthouse was also an immigrant from the United Kingdom. Later on, he asked for forgiveness.
“My behavior in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments,” says Lofthouse.
But for the family of Orosa, they can’t believe that Lofthouse is asking for forgiveness wholeheartedly.
“I think he was advised to give the apology just to protect himself from it,” says Orosa. The family Orosa is also thankful to the waitress of the Bernardus Lodge Restaurant and another staff for helping them out.