Aaron Schlossberg apparently got upset that workers were speaking Spanish, and began loudly lodging a complaint to the manager of the New York City restaurant. He was angry that staff members preparing food were speaking Spanish to customers, when, he said disdainfully, they "should be speaking English".
He went on to exclaim that he "pays for their welfare" and "their ability to be here", and that speaking English was the "least they could do". One GoFundMe doubled its goal of raising $500 to hire a mariachi band to play La Cucaracha at his office in order to "cheer up the staff and attorneys at The Law Office of Aaron M. Schlossberg Esq". The Yelp listing for his law office was so flooded with thousands of one-star reviews - it had more than 2,900 as of Thursday afternoon - that the company announced it was conducting a "cleanup" of reviews motivated by news and not experiences with the business itself. In a video posted by the New York Post, Schlossberg held an umbrella in front of his face as he avoided reporters.
"Critics also quickly located Schlossberg's office listing on Google Maps - changing the business category to "Mexican Restaurant" and swapping a photo of the attorney for an image of a dog being hit in the face with a frisbee - and created a GoFundMe page raising "$500 to send a Mariachi band to cheer up the staff and attorneys at The Law Office of Aaron M. Schlossberg Esq. after a hard day".
Schlossberg did not return messages from The New York Times on Wednesday or Thursday.
"It's what makes this city great".
"I speak Spanish and English".
This wasn't the first Schlossberg has been publicly outed for spewing racial invective against someone in the city. It appears that he has previously been spotted at local progressive rallies, flipping off demonstrators, and in another incident called a stranger on the street an "ugly fucking foreigner".
However, instead of alerting ICE agents to workers for speaking Spanish, Schlossberg alerted the entirety of the media to the more despicable side of himself. Isaac Saul described Schlossberg angrily yelling at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who was participating in a protest, accusing him of being a fake Jew. I'm a citizen here, you're not. The page also suggests that it will be sending a taco truck to Schlossberg as well. They are each as disgusting as you could imagine...
"I let it go and pretty much forgot about it until I was scrolling through Twitter yesterday and randomly saw a thumbnail and thought, 'No freaking way!'" Morris said.