Webster Lucas was given only one napkin when he purchased a meal at a Pacoima, Calif., McDonald’s restaurant. When he went back to the counter asking for more, his request reportedly resulted in not only a napkin refusal by the eatery’s manager but a racist retort as well. Now the man is suing the franchise for emotional distress and asking for $1.5 million, according to TMZ.
The napkin debacle took place Jan. 29. Lucas ordered a Quarter Pounder meal and was given just one napkin. The restaurant’s manager, Angel, reportedly a Mexican-American, allegedly told Lucas that he had already given him a napkin and refused to dole out any more. Upon hearing that he could not receive additional napkins, Lucas mentioned that he should have taken his business elsewhere, stating, “I should have went to eat at the Jack-in-the-Box because I didn’t come here to argue over napkins. I came here to eat.”
Lucas, who is African-American, alleges that after he made his displeasure known, the napkin feud took an ugly turn; he claims to have heard the manager make a racist comment, stating something to the effect of “you people.”