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Lubbock residents show appreciation for Thai restaurant that received hateful note

Published: Nov. 22, 2019 at 11:11 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The owner of Thai Thai restaurant in Lubbock has seen a strong show of support after a hateful note was left on their counter.

He took to Facebook to share the message.

Rungsri Rittiluechai said he opened Thai Thai in 1988 and has never seen something like this before. He says that’s why he wanted to share the note with his followers, to see how they would respond.

“I’m overwhelmed by the good hearted people that responded," Rittiluechai said. “We should have thanks for that.”

People in Lubbock stepped up to show their appreciation to Thai Thai, leaving their own messages on Facebook and on the counter.

“The responses I got, they were upset about it and they don’t like that,” Rittiluechai said.

Rittiluechai said he has received messages in the past about people not liking the food, but never something like this.

“This is a mixed-culture country, there shouldn’t be any such a thing like that happening," Rittiluechai said, “in the 2000s I would say it shouldn’t happen anymore.”

Rittiluechai moved to Lubbock from Thailand when he was just 24 years old. He has lived here longer than he lived in his own country, so he considers Lubbock home now.

“All of my kids were born here, they went to Lubbock High and they graduated here, my daughter graduated from Tech," Rittiluechai said. “This is my home.”

Rittiluechai said he feels sorry for the person who left him the note, because they probably have not experienced anything different.

He said the responses from Facebook remind him of the kind people in the community who love and appreciate his business.

“It made me proud, at least, for all of the good hearted Americans still here. I’m thankful for that and I love you all,” Rittiluechai said.

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