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A video of a San Francisco startup founder has gone viral after he made racist comments to an Asian family in a Carmel Valley restaurant. The man, identified by social media users as Solid8 founder Michael Lofthouse, shouted expletives at the family and told them to "go back to whatever... In the video, a Lucia employee told Lofthouse that he needed to leave: "You do not talk to our guests like that," she said. In her Instagram post, Chan also urged people to vote this November, connecting what happened to her and her family to a broader wave of racist and anti-Asian sentiment that has emerged amid the COVID-19 pandemic. EMBED>More News Videos A Southern California family is speaking out after a San Francisco CEO went on a racist rant captured on video this weekend while they were celebrating a birthday at Lucia, a Carmel Valley restaurant.
EMBED>More News Videos An Asian American family from the East Bay is processing the events that happened while on a hike near Mt. Tam on July 4th, when a woman confronted them and told them repeatedly they "can't be in this country." (KGO)--A Carmel Valley waitress wasn't having it when San Francisco tech CEO Michael Lofthouse went on a racist rant over the Fourth of July holiday weekend at Lucia restaurant. She stepped in and is now talking exclusively to ABC7 News.Gennica Cochran's story is a real-life example of "What would you do?" Without giving it a thought, Cochran says she did what was right."Say that again," said Jordan Chan in a video that's now gone viral.It was those words that caught Cochran's attention.The Carmel Valley waitress says she had been watching Lofthouse all night. The final straw was when he began an expletive-laced racist rant directed towards the Orosa Chan family, who had been celebrating a birthday at a nearby table.Cochran stepped in shouting, "You need to leave right now, get out, you are not allowed here, get out now, you do not talk to our guests like that, they are valued guests, you are not allowed here ever again!""To hear the emotion coming out of my voice, to see my mannerisms, it was unbelievable it was just something that came over me and I just did what needed to be done," Cochran told ABC7 News Reporter Melanie Woodrow. Most of these people this is the first time that they've been out to dinner and then you have someone attacking them it was just no, no, I don't have time for this."Cochran wasn't the waitress for Orosa Chan family. I don't understand it."Cochran went on to say, "It's not something that I will condone ever again, being silent."And she wasn't, screaming, "get out," loudly several times.Lofthouse has issued a written statement apologizing to the family: "My behavior in the video is appalling.
Get out!""I admire her for that," said Orosa.In an emailed statement, the vice president and general manager of Bernardus Lodge and Spa, Sean Damery, writes, "This is an extremely unfortunate situation, however we are proud of our staff at Lucia in keeping with Bernardus Lodge's core values; this incident was handled swiftly and the diner was escorted off property without further escalation. We provide guests with a safe environment for lodging and dining, and extend our sincere apologies to the guests enjoying a birthday celebration on a holiday weekend."Michael Lofthouse also issued a statement, writing, "My behavior in the video is appalling. I think he really meant what he said and what he did," said Orosa."I don't believe his words because his actions speak louder than the words he's saying," he continued.Orosa says those actions, in part, include additional Instagram comments that appear to have been posted by Lofthouse directed at one of the family's supporters that include "Asian expletive" and "come near me or my people and you are expletive dead."Lofthouse did not respond to a request for an additional comment about the Instagram posts or his role as Solid8 CEO, a San Francisco-based tech company."I can't say what he did was acceptable or right, it isn't, because a lot of people will probably disagree with me for saying I forgive him... After barraging an Asian American family with a racist rant, tech CEO apologizes "Trump is going to f--- you," he can be heard saying to an Asian family. A tech industry CEO has apologized after he was caught-on-camera yelling racist remarks at an Asian American family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant in Carmel, California. In video that has since gone viral, a man--who was later identified as cloud computing company Solid8 CEO Michael Lofthouse--can be seen smirking and giving his middle finger to the family. "You do not talk to our guests like that, get out now," a waitress can be heard saying in the video. Raymond Orosa told local ABC News affiliate KGO-TV that he was at the restaurant celebrating his wife's birthday on July 4 with his family, when "suddenly I hear this loud voice: effing Asians." In a screen grab from a video posted to Instagram, a tech CEO was caught on camera yelling racist taunts at an Asian family at a restaurant in Carmel Valley, Calif., on July 4, 2020. Lofthouse has issued a statement to KGO-TV apologizing to the family, calling his behavior in the video "appalling." "A lot of people will probably disagree with me for saying that I forgive him," Orosa said.