A pair of Wendy’s employees were fired after leaving a racist note in a girl’s kids’ meal. The incident, which took place in Arvada, Col. last Thursday (Oct. 8), occurred after Manige Osowski took her family to a local branch of the fast food chain outside of Denver.
According to Osowski, her daughter opened her dinner meal to find an offensive note on a card that included a plethora of slurs, including the N-word. After discovering the card, the mother said that her young daughter asked her for clarification on what was meant following the child’s attempt to understand it on her own.
“I had to explain to my child what the N-word means and she’s never heard that term before,” Osowski said an interview with Fox 31. Wendy’s spokeswoman Candis Goins, said that following an investigation, the employees were immediately fired.
“Our core values as a brand center around treating people with respect, and we have taken this situation very seriously. As soon as we learned what had occurred, we investigated and took swift action. The two employees who were involved are no longer employed by Wendy’s. We also have reached out and have formally apologized to the customer,” Goins said.
Goins mentioned that the Osowski family accepted the corporation’s apology, a claim the mother disputes. “I don’t accept the apology because I am fully aware of what racism is in this country,” she said. “My child is now very aware of what racism is and what that word means and it’s because of this card.”
At a protest outside of the establishment this week, Osowski said that she wants a formal apology from the corporation that highlights the importance of addressing institutional racism.