LaTrenda Watson: Ruth's Chris Steak House Calls Her "Ghetto"

A Houston woman is at the center of a dust-up centering on the shocking news -- if we can be absolutely stereotypical here -- people from Mississippi can be prejudiced against blacks.

LaTrenda Watson made reservations at a Ruth's Chris Steak House in Ridgeland, Mississippi for a Saturday night get-together.

Manager Andy Nesenson messed up the e-mail reply (we can only hope; God help him if it was deliberate), sending to Wilson a note meant for an employee at the restaurant: "Another ghetto Sat. Party. They really love us don't they. Especially on Sat. Call her and get her on the books if we have room, and I will take care of the rest."


Ruth's Chris has gone into defensive overdrive, firing the manager and issuing a press release saying how shocked, shocked they were at events. CEO Michael O'Donnell called the comment "egregious" and added:

We are saddened to hear and so very sorry that anyone associated with Ruth's Chris Steak House would think or make a statement so misaligned with our culture. On behalf of all our employees and franchises I am sorry that this ugly, inappropriate incident happened.

Watson told reporters she had made the reservations for a 60th birthday party for her mother, who lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

Watson is a Mississippi native but lives in Houston now.

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Richard Connelly
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