Minorities need not apply? Help Wanted sign spurs SC furor
Posted February 2
Spartanburg, S.C. — 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.