HOUSTON, TX – A Subway manager was fired after she made an apparent racist remark in a text message about a job applicant.
“It really upset me that people living in this day and age and still think like that and think that it’s OK to verbally be out there like that,” Katelyn Simmons said.
Simmons, who is on drill team and just finished her junior year at Klein High School, wants to get a summer job so she can earn extra money.
She picked up an application for Subway on Sunday and dropped it off the same day at the restaurant located on Champion Forest Drive after her friends encouraged her to apply.
“I picked Subway because my friends work there and it’s a really cool spot,” Simmons said. “I thought it would be fun and chill, and it’s really discouraging for it to go down like that just because of the color of my skin.”
Simmons’ friend sent a screen shot of what appears to be a text message conversation between the girl’s friend and the store manager.
In the conversation, the girl’s friend sent a message to the manager that said, “Girl brought in her application I’m leaving it on the table for you tomorrow.”
The manager then responded, “OK thanks. How she look?”
The friend then replied, “Black girl long dark hair” and then followed that with “shortish.”
The manager then responded, “Oh no thanks. I don’t want those people in our store lol.”
“I wasn’t raised to be sensitive about those topics, that’s how the world is, we can’t change it, but it cut me differently because it was so direct to me and I was doing something to better my future and it got shot down by something so vain,” Simmons said.
“I’ve taught my daughters to work hard, and that’s what they do, and for someone to reject my daughter for a reason like that, it just frustrated me, because I never taught her to be afraid of that,” the teen’s mother, Timika Simmons, said.
SOURCE: Cory McCord, Sophia Beausoleil