India: Kolkata's Mocambo cafe faces backlash for denying entry to patron's driver

The restaurant staff, Hemnani said in her post, "deliberately" extended their wait time. (Representative Image) Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 12, 2016, 03.43 PM (IST)
An upscale restaurant in India's eastern city of Kolkata found itself in the middle of a controversy following a customer's post on social networking site Facebook.

Dilashi Hemnani claimed that the restaurant refused to serve her driver who was accompanying her.

Hemnani posted a detailed narration of the incident on Facebook and it was soon shared by thousands.

The incident, she said, occurred on September 9 around 8.40 pm when she reached Mocambo cafe in Kolkata’s Park Street area for dinner and decided to take her driver Manish along.

The restaurant staff, however, extended their wait time twice, soon after which Hemnani realised that the act was deliberate given her driver’s modest clothing.

While the restaurant management dubbed the incident as a rumour, an employee who did not wish to be named, told the Indian Express that the man had come in “dirty clothes”.

Hemnani, in her post, has stated that the restaurant staff had mentioned the driver’s attire.

Following the post, Facebook and Twitter have been flooded with comments about the restaurant’s alleged ill-treatment of the driver.

Restaurant review site Zomato has also added a disclaimer to their Mocambo page.