After O.C. Waiter’s Demand for ‘Proof of Residency,’ Familiar Echoes of Discrimination Take on New Resonance

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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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