Disgraced, openly racist, Harare take away and restaurant, The Jam Tree, has been forced to eat humble pie after the owner was exposed for racist behavior.
The Jam Tree posted the apology below but denied being racist.
The incident in question happened last week and was narrated by Nyari as follows:
I’d like to name and shame the owner of The Jam Tree .
Yesterday my wife and I went to get food at this establishment, and on getting there, we asked if we could park in the back car park by the golf course whilst we wait for our food.
The waiter told us it was okay and we should park in the usual spot. We drove there and parked on the grass literally 3 metres away from the owners car.
There was a gardener there watering the grass and he didn’t seem to have an issue with where we parked. To my surprise this white South African guy(the owner), came from nowhere and started yelling at us for parking on wet grass.
The guy called us dumb, stupid and all sorts of derogatory words. Surprisingly I kept my cool and said I’m sorry for parking here, i was directed here and it’s just grass, however there’s no need to talk to us like that.
I urged him to communicate properly since we are regular customers of over 8 years, and we are here to promote his business. He jumped right back into crazy fit and said we don’t need people like you supporting my business.
The guy was so heated at some point I thought he wanted to fight me. He kept pulling crazy faces, taunting me, storming away then coming back as if he’s about to fight.
Once again I kept calm and watched this mad man talk to us like we are worthless. I apologised again and cautioned him to address clients nicely but he wouldn’t have it and started with the insults again.
He then stormed into Jam Tree, where we heard him yelling at the workers at the top of his voice. Soon after the waiters including the chef rushed to the car park and started apologising on this guys behalf. They begged us to stay but at this point we were fed up.
Even the gardner was shocked at this guys conduct but he just watched in amazement. This guy is well know for talking to black tenants like they are worthless. He openly shouts at his workers in front of guests and uses alot of racist derogatory statements.
A year and half ago the same guy told me to F off when I complained about my meal. I threatened to go to social media and he said ‘it’s people like you we don’t want here’… He has no respect and he thinks this is South Africa.
The workers always look terrified when he’s around and he talks to them like dogs. Jam tree was a better place before this new management took over..After 9 years of being a loyal client, I don’t think I’ll ever go back there again.