Man's rant at workers speaking Spanish goes viral

Man's rant at workers speaking Spanish goes viral

Man's rant at workers speaking Spanish goes viral

The man captured on video making xenophobic comments about Spanish-speaking employees at a NY deli has been identified as lawyer Aaron Schlossberg in a formal complaint filed with the state court disciplinary system.

Journalist Shaun King tweeted Wednesday morning some of the man's former classmates had identified him as NYC attorney Aaron M. Schlossberg.

A man buying lunch at a Midtown cafe threatened to call immigration enforcement on its workers - all because he heard them speaking Spanish. I paid for my welfare, I pay for their ability to live here. "The least they can do-the least they can do-is speak English", he added.

Now, Schlossberg is facing mounting backlash.

Fox 5 called the law firm and emailed the Schlossberg for comment but has not heard back.

While it was unclear how those two efforts would play out, what was plain to see was that Schlossberg's website plainly stated he was "a member of the New York State Bar Association".

Of course there is video, and you have likely seen it: In it, Schlossberg tells an impressively calm and collected manager how offended he is to be hearing Spanish in midtown Manhattan.

Isaac Saul, lead editor and columnist for the website A Plus, posted another video to Twitter on Wednesday purportedly showing the same man shouting at a group of Jewish protesters and giving them the finger on May 25, 2017.

Representative Adriano Espaillat and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. called Aaron Schlossberg's rant "reprehensible, racist behavior".

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He then appeared to make a weight jibe at the unseen woman filming after she criticized again, saying: 'Maybe you shouldn't eat that sandwich today, take a break from food, before storming off'. He also said that in most cases, the type of discipline that could apply here would most likely remain private. The man unnecessarily talks about her body, because he's an very bad human being. It was not clear when the incident took place.

Over the past day, NY has been united in its denunciation of Schlossberg's comments.

Schlossberg, 42, graduated from George Washington University in 2002 and then clerked for New Jersey Superior Court Judge John Peterson before he started practicing in Manhattan, according to his LinkedIn page.

Gillers also noted that the lawyer in this incident engaged in something that's arguably protected free speech.

The man in the video is thought to be a NY lawyer. They said the cafe welcomes people from all cultures. Numerous reviews call Schlossberg racist.

He ended up raising $1,094 contributed by 79 people in 14 hours.

In the video, the man, named Willie (@MoreWillie on Twitter), explains how he was just walking with a friend when out of nowhere Schlossberg (who he didn't know at all) bumped into him with his briefcase because he was angry that Willie was walking on the wrong side of the street.

Video of Schlossberg's rant was posted online Tuesday. "This is America", said the man in the video. If you love this country this much!

"I love the way people are just throwing that world around lately!"

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