A Mexican restaurant in South Carolina has raised eyebrows and ire after it was revealed that employees were wearing and selling racist t-shirts.
The Palmetto Public Record reports that an employee at Taco Cid, located on the Charleston Highway in West Columbia, was spotted wearing a t-shirt showing an old-fashioned box trap with two tacos as bait and a caption reading, "HOW TO CATCH AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT."
ThinkProgress contacted Taco Cid, which confirmed that not only do employees wear the shirts on duty, but the restaurant sells them to customers as well. We're guessing that Taco Cid, which once boasted four locations but now is down to just one, isn't billing its fare as "authentic Mexican." Nor does it apparently want any authentic Mexicans eating there unless they bring papers, a la Arizona.
Taco Cid's website has addressed the controversy:
"Our t-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants. There are NO racial or hate remarks toward any specific ethnic group. Taco Cid and its employees are not racist. We will serve EVERY individual with the same quality of service [and] respect in a friendly and welcoming manner.
Our food is prepared fresh and served in the SAME QUALITY and QUANTITY, regardless of your race, religion or political views.
As most tax-paying Americans, we do believe ILLEGAL immigrants are taxing the system we support and live under, thereby causing us to work harder and pay more taxes in support of their illegal activities [at] which our government has simply chosen to look the other way. Is it racist to disagree with those who are not supporting the American system?
We are an equal opportunity employer and will hire anyone who meets our needs and is a legal citizen or immigrant. WE DO NOT HIRE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Our employees pay taxes.
We are open Monday through Saturday and are closed Sundays-- in observance of a day of worship.
If you do not agree with our views on ILLEGAL immigrants, please do not visit our establishment. If you agree with our view on American Equality in citizenship and tax fairness, then show your support and come join us for lunch or dinner."