According to the Maryville Daily Forum, Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice confirmed on Wednesday that he is filing hate crimes assαult charges against 65 year old Tommy Dean Gaa over his threαtening remarks.
Gaa was taken into custody after patronizing a local restaurant where he was waited on by an African-American employee.
Gaa began making racial comments when asked by the server what kind of toast he wanted, white or wheat, to which Gaa replied, “I’m prejudiced, I’ll take white.”
He then allegedly grabbed the employee and asked if she “liked to party?”
According to filing documents, Gaa went on to say, “I have a place I would like to take you where I hung your grandpa.”
Officer Adam James claims that Gaa completely denied the allegations at first, but than admitted to parts of the employee’s story.
He also allegedly used a racial slur when describing how there are good and bad people in both races.
Gaa was released from the Nodaway County Jail on $4,900 bond.
This isn’t the first time that a restaurant worker has claimed to have experienced racism at the hands of a patron.
In 2014, a Red Lobster waitress claimed that a customer wrote the “N” word on a receipt.
The Tennessee man accused of writing the “N” word on the receipt of a black Red Lobster waitress sued both the waitress and the restaurant chain.
Devin Barnes, 21, always denied writing the slur, even going so far as to hire a forensics expert to prove his innocence. Barnes sued the waitress, Toni Christina Jenkins, for slander since she publicized the incident which drew negative attention to him.