A restaurant chain touted as a fun family restaurant is getting blasted on social media for a controversial Taco Tuesday tweet that has left a bad taste in people’s mouths. The official Twitter account for Dave & Buster’s posted Tuesday afternoon: “'I hate tacos,’ said no Juan ever #TacoTuesday #DaveandBusters.”
A slew of people were offended by the tweet and said so -- many accusing the restaurant-arcade venue of racism.
â€” Rich Homo Quan (@emptychampagne) November 18, 2014
â€” Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) November 18, 2014
â€” Kloipy (@Kloipy) November 18, 2014
â€” Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) November 18, 2014
We sincerely apologize for the tweet that went out today our intention was never to offend anyone please accept our apology
â€” Dave & Buster's (@DaveandBusters) November 18, 2014
But some weren’t buying it.
â€” Lydia Choi (@lchoii_) November 18, 2014
This is not the first time a company has gotten into trouble for posting questionable material on social media. Last year, Home Depot was criticized for tweeting a photo for the ESPN show "College GameDay," which the Atlanta-based home improvement retailer sponsors, showing two African-American men drumming, flanking a third in a monkey suit, with the question, “Which drummer is not like the others?” Home Depot issued a public apology, adding it fired the employee who sent out the offensive tweet.
Last week, the New England Patriots publicly apologized after a racist tweet was posted on the team's official Twitter page. As a promotional thanks for reaching 1 million followers, the team created personalized cyber Patriots jerseys for anyone who retweeted their message. Someone with the Twitter handle @IhateN------ retweeted their tweet and the team auto-generated the offensive account name on the back of a Patriots jersey and posted it on the team's Twitter page. People slammed the sports team for allowing the racist tweet. The Patriots deleted the post from their page and issued an apology, according to several reports.