CEO resigns to join “anti-racism program” after abusing Asian family


A British CEO who was filmed shouting abuse at an Asian family in a restaurant quit his business and signed up for an anti-racism program with “immediate effect”.

Michael Lofthouse, 37, founder of technology company Solid8, called the family “a fucking Asian piece of s ***” before being kicked out of the Lucia restaurant at Bernadus Lodge and Spa in Carmel Valley, California , earlier. this month.

He had previously issued a statement apologizing for his behavior, but later said that he was “not going far enough” to address the steps he “should take.” He then confirmed that he left Solid8 and severed all business ties with the company.

Mr. Lofthouse went on to say that he had resigned to avoid “a detrimental impact on those closest to me”, especially his colleagues, and again apologized to Jordan Chan, Raymond Orosa and their families , who were celebrating a birthday when they were verbally abused.

Michael Lofthouse, 37, has now resigned from Solid8 (Photo: Facebook)

Michael Lofthouse, CEO of the computer company Solid8 at the Lucia restaurant at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa in Carmel Valley, continues a racist tirade against an Asian family

He is now part of an anti-racist program (Photo: Jam Press)

In a statement to Fox News, he continued, “My comments about the families involved were racist, hurtful and deeply inappropriate. The reactions to what has been said have been deserved and I wholeheartedly admit that I am an accomplice in a system that allows this behavior and these broken beliefs to exist but I am determined to change.

“To the Chan and Orosa, Gennica Cochran families and to the Bernardus restaurant, please accept my sincere and sincere apologies, I hope that the conversations and the awareness that this incident has created can serve as a catalyst for the necessary change.

“It is my commitment to you to overcome my problems and be part of the solution for an equal and compassionate future.”

Mr. Orosa, who was at the restaurant to celebrate his wife’s birthday, said he did not accept Mr. Lofthouse’s apology, saying he thought the businessman “really meant what he said and did ”.

Jenny Chan

The family celebrated a birthday when Mr. Lofthouse started verbally abusing them (Photo: Jenny Chan)

Gennica Cochran kicked Mr. Lofthouse out of the restaurant (Image: ABC7)

He told ABC News that the abuse was “full of hatred and anger” and said Mr. Lofthouse’s actions were clearer than the words he said.

The waitress Ms. Cochran was the only one to intervene during Mr. Lofthouse’s rant, telling him that the group were “valued guests” and ordering him to leave the restaurant.

In the video, you could hear him shouting, “Get out of here, you’re not allowed here. You don’t talk to our guests like that.

After the images of the incident went viral, a GoFundMe page was created to raise funds for the server. To date, the page has received more than $ 82,705 (about £ 65,000) in donations, while two other pages have raised $ 21,000 (more than £ 16,000) collectively.

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