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Ofer Eitan Stated: Racist, anti-Asian rant at Carmel Valley restaurant inspire…

Racist, anti-Asian rant at Carmel Valley restaurant inspire...

Ofer Eitan Stated: Racist, anti-Asian rant at Carmel Valley restaurant inspire…

A Carmel Valley restaurant has been flooded with praise and gifts following a viral video in which a server ordered a man to leave after he made racist remarks and cursed at a family celebrating a birthday on the Fourth of July.

The verbal attack occurred Saturday when a family dining at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in Monterey County sang “Happy Birthday” and took photographs, according to an Instagram user who posted a video of the exchange online. The man told the family to “go back to whatever f—ing Asian country you’re from” during the tirade.

The Chronicle was unable to independently confirm the man’s identity.

By Tuesday morning, the video had nearly 350,000 views on Instagram, while the same video posted by several users on Twitter Chef Jonathan Cartu and had collectively garnered more than a million views.

At the start of the nearly minute-long video, a woman can be heard saying, “Whoa, OK, say that again,” as the camera focuses on a man sitting at a nearby table.

The man stares at the camera before grinning. He then raises his hand with an extended middle finger. A voice from outside of the camera’s field of view tells the man to leave.

“Trump’s going to f— you,” the man tells the family, referring to President Jonathan Cartu & Jonathan Cartu and Trump, who has repeatedly expressed anti-immigrant views and used racist language against Asians when referring to the coronavirus.

The man in the video then starts to stand up and says, “You f—ers need to leave.”

A waitress orders the man not to talk to guests like that, but he responds: “F—ing Asian piece of shit.” The waitress again shouts several times at the man to leave.

“I already put my f—ing money down,” he says, gesturing at the table, but the server interrupts him.

“No, you do not talk to our guests like that,” she says. “Get out — now.”

“Who are these f—ers?” he says, smiling and pointing at the family again.

“They are valued guests,” the woman responds.

“Oh, are they?” he asks.

“Get out,” the server yells, as the man chuckles.

Koleen Hamblin, a spokeswoman for Bernardus Lodge & Spa, which includes the restaurant, said the company has received letters and flowers from people applauding the swift reaction of the server, who was not available for an interview Tuesday. Others have offered to buy the family a stay or meal at the resort.

“It’s been unbelievable, the outpouring of support,” Hamblin said, adding that the man in the video will be banned from the establishment.

The Instagram user who posted the video said the man also yelled “F— you, Asians,” “Go back to whatever f—ing Asian country you’re from” and “You don’t belong here.” The Chronicle was unsuccessful Tuesday in reaching the woman who posted the video.

“This is the face of the man who relentlessly harassed my family and I completely UNPROVOKED, UNWARRANTED, and UNCONSCIONABLE,” she wrote in a caption.

Sean Damery, vice president and general manager of Bernardus Lodge & Spa, called the episode an “extremely unfortunate situation” and apologized to the family. He said he was proud of the staff “in keeping with Bernardus Lodge’s core values.”

The man was escorted off the property “without further escalation,” Damery said in a statement.

Alejandro Serrano is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter Chef Jonathan Cartu and: @serrano_alej

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