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The British CEO who was filmed in a California restaurant racistly abusing an Asian family has resigned and cut all business ties with his San Francisco-based technology company Solid8.
Michael Lofthouse, 37, explained that he had resigned from his post after his racist tirade where he said “you f *** ing Asian piece of s ** t” to Jordan Chan and his family celebrating a birthday at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley on July 4.
He said he would sign up for an anti-racism program “with immediate effect.”
“It was with regret that my initial statement and apology did not go far enough to address my behavior at Carmel last weekend and the actions I should take. I can confirm that I have resigned from Solid8, ending all business relationships with immediate effect, ”he said.
Michael Lofthouse, the British founder of technology company Solid8, released a statement on Saturday saying he had resigned from his post as CEO and cut all working hours with the company. He also said he would join an anti-racism program immediately after being caught on video (left) initiating racist abuse by an Asian family at a California restaurant
Jordan Chan (rear left) posted the images on Instagram. The family was celebrating the birthday of Jenny’s aunt, Mari Orosa (back right with husband, Raymond’s right) on July 4 at Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley when Lofthouse attacked them with racist comments
He said he had resigned to avoid “a food impact on the people closest to me” – especially his colleagues at his cloud technology service company.
“I started my sobriety journey again and signed up for an anti-racism program with immediate effect,” Lofthouse said in a statement to Fox News on Saturday.
“My comments about the families involved were racist, hurtful and deeply inappropriate. The reactions to what has been said have been deserved and I admit with all my heart that I am an accomplice of a system which allows this behavior and these broken beliefs to exist but I am determined to change ”, did he he adds.
He pleaded for the Chan and Orosa families to accept his apology.
“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”, did he declare.
“It is my commitment to you to overcome my problems and be part of the solution for an equal and compassionate future.”
Restaurant waiter Gennica Cochran received more than 97,000 tips from three GoFundMe accounts from people around the world who were encouraged after seeing her stand up to a racially violent man in her restaurant. This fundraiser raised more than $ 76,000 alone
Cochran told KGO-TV that the money would allow him to continue teaching yoga. She is also trying to find a way to send some of the money to others in the service sector.
This is the second time that Lofthouse has apologized to families after he shared his vicious comments while celebrating a birthday.
The technological firm of the “racist” boss
Solid8 de Lofthouse is a cloud technology services company launched in 2017.
The company’s offices are located near the financial district of San Francisco, California.
Solid8 aims to improve its customers’ computer systems and reduce their IT costs by offering network services, infrastructures or commercial services that store and access data and programs on the Internet rather than on a computer’s hard drive.
On its website, the company, which also offers cybersecurity advice, boasts of “38 years of collective experience” and states: “Our team is problem solving, our breadth and depth of experience mean we have dealt with most situations before – which means that we move quickly from analysis to action, working as an agile team for each project, quickly drawing on the talents of our entire network from over 100 leading cloud providers.
Solid8’s CEO is Briton Michael Lofthouse, who, according to his now-deleted LinkedIn page, graduated from the Newcastle Business School, associated with the University of Northumbria, in 2005 and emigrated to America in 2010.
But Raymond Orosa, whose wife’s birthday was the day of the incident, says he doesn’t accept Lofthouse’s apologies.
“I think he really meant what he said and what he did. I don’t believe his words because his actions speak louder than the words he says, “Orosa told ABC News.
Orosa said the abuse was “full of hatred and anger,” but he always forgave her.
Jordan Chan posted a video of their awful meeting with Lofthouse last week after he showered them with derogatory comments as she and her family celebrated her aunt’s birthday.
“The trumps will fuck you!” You have to fuck the start … damn Asian shit, he says.
The restaurant’s waiter, Gennica Cochran, intervened in Lofthouse’s rant, dismissing him and escorting him out of the restaurant.
After Lofthouse started abusing, she shouted, “You don’t talk to a guest like that, you have to go now … They are precious guests.
She was hailed as an “everyday hero” and raised more than $ 97,000 in advice from concerned people, congratulating her on her intervention to defend the Chan and Orosa families.
A page set up to tip Cochran is called “A big piece of advice for an everyday hero” and has already raised $ 76,800.
Two other GoFundMe accounts have raised an additional $ 21,000 collectively – and the money continues to flow.
Even the mother of the British tech CEO was “totally dismayed” by his behavior, revealing that he had been suffering from addiction issues for some time.
“We are completely devastated and dismayed by his behavior,” Linda Lofthouse of rural Northumberland told MailOnline.
“All I want to say is that we apologize wholeheartedly to the family and anyone they have offended.
Even Linda Lofthouse, mother of UK tech CEO, was “totally dismayed” by his behavior, revealing that he had been suffering from addiction for some time
Lofthouse said his other son Richard, whose wife Susanna (above) is of Asian descent, contacted the Chan family to apologize. “We are completely devastated and dismayed by his behavior,” she told MailOnline. ”
Ms. Lofthouse said that her son was addicted to drugs and was distressed that anyone would consider his family to be racist.
“We are in a terrible situation. He is very sick – if he had cancer, people would understand better but he does not have it, he has an addiction problem.
“It’s just disastrous, we’ve been dealing with this for a long time.
Ms. Lofthouse went on to say that her other son Richard, whose wife Susanna was of Asian descent, contacted the Chan family directly.
She said, “We apologized to the family, my son got an answer from them and they understand that we have absolutely no control over what he does. He has huge problems. ”