Joe’s Cafe is denying any involvement with a service industry worker named Chris Ditta who started a social media firestorm over the weekend. Ditta claimed that he regularly put bodily waste and other foul items in black customers’ food because he believes that they don’t tip.
Screenshots of the vile rant spread quickly, with internet users scrambling to find out more about Ditta and where he might work. Though he claimed in the initial post to work in New Orleans, no other information was available as to where. Screenshots of the comments have since been removed for violating community guidelines and Ditta has deleted or hidden his Facebook. Still, sleuths connected Ditta to Joe’s Cafe in Terrytown which led to the owners dealing with threats from angry customers. The owners of the cafe released a statement to WWL saying that no one named Chris Ditta works for them.
“Rumors are circulating social media that Joe’s Café employs an individual under the social media profile of Chris Ditta of Terrytown whose Facebook profile contains extremely racist and profane comments. This assumption is false and incorrect. We do not employ this individual, associate with this individual, and do not support or condone these views. Joe’s Café was a target of an individual or individual(s) who maliciously intended to cause economic harm to our business and our family’s reputation. We value all of our customers and employees regardless of race. We have raised our family on Christian values and embed these values into our 30-year business in the treatment of our employees and customers. We are currently investigating the parties involved.”
In a report by WDSU, Joe’s owner James Arnaud said that he was able to contact Ditta. The man claimed that his account had been hacked.