Dramaine Vinegar is suing the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley and Marriott after an incident last year where, he says, he was told to ‘get the f- off the property’ by its manager while staying as a guest.
In a classic case of a manager not believing the person belonged on property because of the color of his skin, he was talking on the phone in the car’s parking lot when he claims the hotel’s manager pulled up behind him, jumped out of his car, and berated him for trespassing. He was in the midst of a three night stay at the hotel with his fiance.
Credit: Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley
“I’m a customer. I’ve been here for two nights. You got out your truck, and you told me to get the f— off of private property without even addressing me properly,” Vinegar told Gheen. The manager responded by putting up his middle finger and walking way.
…Though the footage doesn’t show Gheen using any racial slurs, Vinegar said he felt profiled, adding that he never would have been treated that way “in a million years” if he had been white.
Vinegar wrote an online review of the incident and was offered a free night, but believes Marriott and its franchisees need to enforce racial bias screening as part of its hiring process.
Here’s audio of a piece of the exchange,