Minorities need not apply? Help Wanted sign spurs SC furor

Posted February 2

— A controversy over a sign posted in front of a South Carolina restaurant is causing problems for the employees.

The sign posted in the window of Kenny's Homecooking read: "Help Wanted (minorities need not apply)."

Someone saw the sign, posted it on Facebook, and it went viral.

People called for boycotts of the restaurant and threatened to call federal authorities.

But the owner and employees at Kenny's say it is a simple misunderstanding.

Owner Sook Shin said English isn't her first language, and she posted the sign thinking it meant minors need not apply.

When she found out what it meant, Shin took the sign down and posted an apology letter instead.

"I really sorry. Please forgive me," Shin said.

Servers at the restaurant say there are many minorities who work at the restaurant.

"The thing about it is, there's all kind of minorities in here that work," said Melonie Henderson. "Our owner, she's Japanese. We have Spanish cooks, we have a black dishwasher."

Henderson said the controversy hurt the business, but she's hopeful that most people will understand.


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  • Mary Meadows Feb 10, 2017
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    What company made that sign??

  • Walter Greene Feb 8, 2017
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    So this is a total misunderstanding; and yet, it's being run with a headline that is sure to incite. Why are the media so determined to cause a race war in the US? When it happens, will any of them be held accountable, or will it all be blamed on Trump and the Deplorables?

  • Catherine Edwards Feb 7, 2017
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    I'd like to know where she got the sign. Was it pre-printed and she bought it? Or did she order it?

  • Rod Runner Feb 2, 2017
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    The facts of Starbucks already announcing a plan to hire veterans and carry through with it, and John Jones calling out Starbucks hiring refugees over Veterans when it's not true is hateful and threatening?

    How is any of what I said hateful or threatening?

    I seriously asked who else had announced they were hiring veterans, and you answered. Thanks.

    Are we in a world where facts are threatening to people? My goodness.

  • Bo Pritchard Feb 2, 2017
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    Sure, it might be an honest mistake. But we probably outght to burn the place down just to be on the safe side.

  • John Jones Feb 2, 2017
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    Simple mistake, unlike the companies proclaiming to offer jobs to refugees over American citizens and Veterans. All Americans should be outraged over that.