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The owner of Thai Noodle House in Austin, Texas has been bombarded with criticism after he posted a racially-charged and offensive Facebook status regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, a gunman opened fire at the school, killing 20 innocent children and six adults before he took his own life.
“I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed,” the restaurant’s owner Eddie Nimibutr wrote on his Facebook page shortly after the shooting occurred. “F**k Post-Racial bullsh*t. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares. When Israel launched missiles at the school on Gaza, everybody was too busy jerking off. Why should i care about people who dont give a damn about me?”
After posting the incendiary message, Nimibutr claimed that many people responded by threatening him with “violence.” So he wrote another post in an attempt to clarify his initial rant. His follow-up post seemed to backpedal from his initial statement that he doesn’t “care if a bunch of white kids got killed.”
“I have stated throughout the years in my beliefs with millions in cut to mental health programs, school programs, after school programs,” Nimibutr wrote. “Years after years, thousands of kids in juvenile detention centers. Hundreds of them hungry tonight and have no places to sleep. Thousands are mentally and sexually abused by someone they know.”
He went on: “Catholic churches and the Boys’ Scout are hiding pedophiles everywhere. I mentioned Gaza and Israel. Aurora, Virginia Tech, and 4 other shootings since Columbine. I don’t even remember. Where is the sympathy for them? It’s just a headline news.”
“I will not apologize. I believe what I know. This is how I decompress from today. I was a fool to give into the emotions, thus forgo logics and reason. Yet I am no fool, but I am outraged,” he concluded.
When that post did not appease his critics, he posted one more status with some simple advice: “If you don’t like me or my opinions, I suggest you to unfriend me and f*ck off.”
He even went after his customers.
“I am pretty much sick of some people telling me what to think, how to think, or how to feel today, and if you don’t like my foods, f*ck off and eat someplace else.”
A call made to Thai Noodle House by restaurant writer R.L. Reeves took things even further into the bizarre. An employee claimed Nimibutr was only the restaurant’s chef, not the owner, and that he no longer worked there. However, “a cursory search of local LLC’s finds Nimibutr to be listed as owner of the establishment so this may be a bit of damage control,” Reeves writes.
Either way, the controversy appears to have taken a toll on Nimibutr. He later posted on his Facebook page: “I think It’s time for me to get out of this city for awhile for a nice hike down south.”