Cafe Apologizes After Receipt Calling Customers 'Two Very Annoying Asians'

An Australian cafe has sparked international outrage after the eatery's owner posted a receipt calling two patrons "very annoying Asians."

The insensitive images surfaced online on Saturday on Shay Hayston's personal accounts before making its way to Twitter. According to a report from The Courier Mail, Hayston is a joint owner of several popular cafes in the Brisbane area including The Stand and Froth on Brunswick. It is not immediately clear which restaurant the incident occurred at.

The docket names the customers as "two very annoying Asians" and was captioned with "Omg I love my staff" with three laughing emojis.

Alec Madara, who originally exposed the racially charged message, called out Hayston in an interview with The Sunday Mail.

"How many descriptions like this have been given to people because this is where they are describing where the orders go," Madara said. "Was the intention to be racist? I couldn't say, that's not for me to decide, society can have their viewpoints and talk about it, I just know it didn't sit with me well."

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The Stand's manager Freddie Wintrip wrote a formal apology in a private Facebook post. "Whilst this incident did not happen at The Stand nor were any of our beautiful performers, staff or patrons involved, it did not happen within our shared space. This behavior is truly unacceptable and I cannot condone it."

Shortly after, Hayston offered an apology of his own "for the offense and hurt caused."

"I've been a business owner in the Valley for more than six years, personally and professionally invested in diversity. I'm deeply disappointed and embarrassed at my actions as they go against everything I pride myself on," he said.

In a separate private Facebook post, The Stand wrote that they "will be closed until a formal investigation within the company is completed and resolved."

"While these comments happened in our shared space, it is not condoned by The Stand staff, performers or patrons. We are also looking at options if and how The Stand can continue in the future," the post read.

"Internally, I and my team will do better to ensure we uphold the diversity and inclusivity that is at our core" Hayston added.

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Protesters call for justice in light of a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The post comes amid a slew of anti-Asian sentiments and hate crimes across the globe. Surveillance footage at a California home captured a neighbor hurling racial slurs and accusing them of "bringing COVID-19" in March. In New York, following the brutal assault of an elderly Asian woman outside of an apartment building, several staff members were reportedly fired for not intervening.