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Canadian woman launches racist foul-mouthed tirade at Afghan men

13 May 2018 Daily Mail Online

A white woman berated four Afghan men eating at a Canada Denny's last month, in a horrific display of racism.The tirade was caught on camera and shared on Facebook by Monir Omerzai, 26, who immigrated to Canada 13 years ago.In his post he said: 'Every culture and every human being should be respected it does not matter what color you are where you came from'.The five-minute video filmed on April 21 in Alberta has gone viral with more than two million views.

Four men who immigrated to Canada from Afghanistan were sitting at a Denny's on April 21 when they were berated by Canada woman Kelly Pocha on April 21, pictured above

Pocha threw a foul-mouthed tirade at the men after she thought they were talking about her in their native tongue at the restaurant at 12:50amThe incident took place around 12:50am as the four men were speaking in their native tongue Dari, when a Cranbrook woman identified as Kelly Pocha sitting in the next booth over turned around and began to tell off the men, according to the Calgary Sun.'Shut your f****** mouth. Cause you know what? You’re dealing with a Canadian woman now, and I will leap across this table and punch you right in the f****** mouth,' she says as she starts her rant. The men at the table simply laugh off the woman as she mocks their laughter. 'Go back to your f****** country,' she says.'Don't say like that. Just respect. Just respect,' one of the men at the table say to the woman, ticking her off. 'Excuse me? I was born and raised here. I am Canadian,' she responds before getting cut off.'It doesn’t matter, we’re all Canadians. Yes, we’re all the same — I’m a human being, we’re all human beings,' the man behind the camera says.  She then gets up putting her knees on her seat to turn around and hover over the men saying: 'You know what? You're not dealing with one of your Syrian b****** right now. You're dealing with a Canadian woman. And I'm not going to be talked down to by you,' she says.'You laugh all you want. That's a prime example of why we don't want you here...You know you guys need to go back to where you came from,' she adds. A Denny's employee then approaches the groups sitting in adjacent booths.The woman claimed that one of the men 'eyed her up' and was 'glaring' her. 'Speak English if you're gonna speak. This is Canada, speak English,' she says before she leaves.  The video has sparked fury over her xenophobia. 

One man, pictured above, asked her to respect them, provoking further her angry tirade

In the video the men say that she is drunk when she gets up and tries to yell at the men

A Denny's employee asks the groups to leave, Pocha pictured leaving with her husbandOmerzai says he's deeply upset by the incident. 'The hate that we get from people for no reason, just to have a dinner there. It shouldn’t turn out to be like that,' he said to the Calgary Sun. In light of the video, Pocha was fired from her job at car dealership Cranbrook Dodge.Pocha, speaking with Lethbridge News Now, admitted her comments were racist but says she was provoked. 'If I could take it back, I would. But I can't,' she said. 'What people are seeing isn't the whole story. I was put down as well...Yes, I made some comments that shouldn't have been said...I even went back to Denny's and apologized to the manager, to the server. I told the manager if I could apologize to the men that were there, I would, for my actions. Because I mean, that's not who I am,' she added.She admitted she was drinking that night and the argument sparked when the men started 'talking in their own language' and she thought they were laughing at her.A police investigation was also launched after the video was posted and is ongoing.

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'On April 21, 2018 at approximately 12:50am police were dispatched to Denny's along the 400 block of Mayor Magrath Drive South in response to a report of a disturbance between patrons at two tables,' police said in a statement.  'After consultation with police, restaurant staff made the decision to exercise their right to refuse service to both groups and asked that they leave. Both groups eventually complied and left the restaurant without further incident,' the statement continued.Police also clarified that officers did not escort either party out and that the group of males did not pay for their food before they were asked to leave. Police arrived to the scene around 12:51am. By 1am the group of men left and at 1:05 Pocha and her husband left.Denny's is yet to respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment. 

The video was posted by Monir Omerzai, pictured above, who was at the table that night

He posted on Facebook thanking people who have supported him since the video went viral

A letter of apology: Denny's has since released this statement in light of the incident

Police arrived on the scene and both parties were out of the restaurant by 1:05am that nightOn Twitter the chain posted a statement by Deborah Gagnon, the president of Dencan Restaurants.'I am the most senior executive responsible for the actions that took place in our restaurant in Lethbridge, Alberta. We as a company are shocked and saddened that this happened at all, let alone that it took place in one of our locations and in front of our guests,' she said.'Please allow me personally, and on behalf of our entire company, to apologize to the four men that were subjected to the tirade while they were in our restaurant...The incident highlights the need for our company to continue to invest in critical dispute intervention training for all our team members which I will personally oversee'This should never happen in our restaurants, or anywhere,' she added. Since the incident many Canadian politicians have spoken out against the racist tirade. 'Racist, bigoted comments have no place in Alberta. Our government is always working to foster acceptance and better understanding of our differences. By working together, we can make life better for all. Everyone is welcome in Alberta,' Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta tweeted.'I am embarrassed to learn that this incident happened in Lethbridge. We are working hard to address racism and bigotry but can not prevent ignorance and the hostile behavior of individuals...The work continues,' Mayor of Lethbridge Chris Spearman wrote on Facebook. 

Premier of Alberta said 'racist, bigoted comments have no place in Alberta' after the incident

The Minister of Immigration added that the video was 'appalling' in a Twitter statement'The bigoted sentiments expressed in this video are appalling. Alberta is, and always has been, a welcoming home for hard-working newcomers from every corner of the world...The disturbing sentiments on display in this video are an affront to Albertans' belief in the dignity of all human beings,' Jason Kenney Minister of Immigration, Employment, Social Development & Defense said on Twitter.  Since the accident Omerzai has received an outpour of support online. 'It's amazing how there are so many good people out there. I am just thankful I am in Canada. There are still good people out there, and I believe in that, big time,' he said to CBC. 'We should always be good to each other. We just have to respect each other,' he added.    

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