"Ghost or KKK?" Pillowcase Gag Goes Awry for Midtown Hotel Chef
Today in stupid and allegedly racist kitchen hijinks: Jeff Farley, a cook at the Roger Smith Hotel in Midtown, has resigned after being accused of putting a pillowcase over his head to "pretend to be Ku Klux Klansman" and taunting another cook, Julius Jones, who was the only black person in the kitchen at the time.
According to the New York Daily News, the incident occurred when Farley went looking for rags and found a pillowcase stashed among a bunch of towels in a basket under the oven. Making the most out of that opportunity, he then, says Jones, put the pillowcase over his head and asked, "How does that make you feel? Do you feel insulted?'
Farley says that's ridiculous and that he was pretending to be a ghost, not a KKK member. As added "evidence," the incident occurred just before Halloween!
Jones's lawyer, Eric Sanders, who plans to file a discrimination complaint, says, bluntly: "There aren't any ghosts in a kitchen."
Meanwhile, the hotel calls the entire incident "very unfortunate," which we would agree with in any case. Let's keep the costumes out of the kitchen, folks. They don't pull that crap on Top Chef.