The wary eye of a salesclerk. A snide comment made by a passerby. A remark about her mother’s uneven English.
Diana Carrillo was accustomed to waving off the disdain that invaded her life as a Mexican American, she said.
But after a waiter at an upscale Huntington Beach restaurant asked her dining party for “proof of residency,” the 24-year-old Irvine resident said, she decided to go public.
Her Facebook post and the ensuing media coverage of her experience struck a nerve across the nation, with thousands excoriating the restaurant in online comments and flooding its Yelp page to write scathing reviews.
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