Group Of Elderly Korean Americans Demands Apology From Denny's

Mike Colgan
December 06, 2018 - 4:10 pm

A group of elderly Korean Americans has alleged that they were asked to leave a Denny's restaurant in the South Bay in an act of potential discrimination. 

Army veteran Andrew Koh and his party of 10 were asked to leave a Denny’s on El Camino in Santa Clara after church on Easter in April. Koh said the manager became abusive when the diners, who had ordered coffee, were slow to order meals. Instead of taking their orders though, the manager told them to leave, Koh claimed. 

“She kept saying, three times, raising her voice, that this is not the place just for coffee,” Koh said. “So I went to order food, she also refused to serve the food.”

Koh said at a press conference on Thursday that he felt like he had been discriminated against, but he and others wouldn't speculate if it was because of their age and race.

The alleged incident is coming to light now because the group is upset that Denny's management has rebuffed their requests for a meeting and apology. 

“We are just innocent consumers,” he said, adding that he is not seeking money. "I just want the apology."

Attorney Richard Konda with the Asian Law Alliance said he was “shocked” to hear Koh’s story because people go into Denny’s just for coffee all of the time.

“It’s just very troubling that they would treat customers in this way,” Konda said. “It’s unconscionable. It’s not the way to run a business.”

The customers are asking for is a sit-down mediation that the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing has requested, according to Konda. So far, Konda says, Denny’s has refused that request.

KCBS Radio's calls to Denny’s corporate headquarters in South Carolina were not returned.​

Written by Brian Krans.