Last week in Arvada, Colorado, a mom and her 7-year-old daughter stopped at a Wendy's before heading home to eat dinner; when the child opened up her kid's meal, she found a deck of cards inside instead of the traditional toy. Curious, she opened up the deck of cards, and inside, she found a single card inscribed with a racist message, FOX Denver reports.
Two employees were fired from a metro-area Wendy’s after they wrote a racist note on an African American child’s kids meal toy, the fast food giant said.
The note featured the "N" word as well as other derogatory sayings.
“I had to explain to my child what the 'N' word means and she’s never heard that term before,” Manige Oswoski, the child's mother, told FOX Denver.
On Yahoo Parenting, Oswoski disclosed that she headed back to the store after finding the cards, and confronted the store manager, who eventually called the police after Oswoski "refused to leave without evidence of her mistreatment."
She also told Yahoo Parenting that her daughter remains curious about the incident:
On the night of the incident, Osowski says her older daughter asked what the n-word meant. “I said, ‘Remember we talked about slavery?’ She said yes, and I said, ‘This is one of the words they used back then to make black people feel bad.’ She said, ‘Why did they give it to me?’ and I told her I didn’t know. I said that sometimes there are mean people and we don’t know that they’re mean until they say something they shouldn’t.”
Osowski says her daughter has brought up the incident since. “She says it’s not fair that people can be mean to you just because you are brown,” she says. “And she thinks it’s not fair that she didn’t get her toy.”
“I was horrified by what it said, but it was more confusing than horrifying,” Osowski told Yahoo Parenting. “None of it made any sense. Why would someone replace a child’s toy with something blatantly racist and then put it in a child’s meal?”
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.