Army vet denied meal at Chili’s forced to vacate home after threats

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The Army veteran who was denied a free meal on Veterans Day at Chili’s has temporarily vacated his home because of threats, reports the Dallas Morning News.

But the news isn’t all bad, the veteran has also received more than $6,000 in pledges from many Americans through a GoFundMe account. He has asked the money be used to support hungry veterans. And Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, extended a personal invitation to the veteran to games for the remainder of the season.

Ernest Walker began receiving threats after a television news outlet showed his address and phone number during a segment about the incident, said Walker’s attorney. The newspaper reports that Walker received phone calls from restricted numbers saying “I know where you live.” He also received threats on Facebook and is now filing a report with the Ovilla Police Department.

On Veterans Day, Walker went to a Chili’s Bar & Grill in Cedar Hill to enjoy the free burger deal offered to vets, but had his meal removed by a restaurant manager. The manager challenged his status as a veteran despite Walker having shown him the proper ID and papers. Walker then began filming his exchange with the manager and posted it on Facebook. After several days, the post went viral, Chili’s was inundated with complaints and the company apologized to Walker and placed the manager on leave.

Read More: Chili’s apologizes for taking meal from vet, manager put on leave

A resident of Arizona set up a GoFundMe page to raise $100 for Walker to get a meal of his choosing, but the campaign took off and quickly exceeded the requested amount. The fund is now up to $6,350. Walker requested that any donated money be used to assist other veterans rather than for his personal use.

On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban heard about the incident at Chili’s and wanted to personally honor the vet. Cuban offered Walker two season tickets to Dallas Mavs games and 10 bonus tickets to most other games so Walker can bring other vets. Cuban also agreed to donate money to Walker’s campaign to feed hungry veterans.

Walker said he was excited and personally thanked Cuban for his offer when they spoke by phone on Wednesday.

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226 comments
Ruth Swart
Ruth Swart

How can anyone be that heartless? Very sad!

Ric Gardea
Ric Gardea

All i wanna know is.... where is "black lives matter" when it does matter the most ?

John Edward Woods
John Edward Woods

Black people shouldn't serve in the Armed services of this racist Nation!

Bonnie Chase
Bonnie Chase

This isn't the country I grew up in ☹️☹️

Aleecia Kristian
Aleecia Kristian

Nothing these people do surprises me. They are evil. They are vile. They have no conscious.

Stephen Holland
Stephen Holland

That's just what liberals do, make anonymous threats right up to the point they just have to go out and knife, run-over or shoot someone....and I wouldn't trust Mark Cuban any further than I could throw him.

Stephen Holland
Stephen Holland

I have at least a modicum of common sense. Who the hell else would be mad at a Vet? Take a ride on the clue train.

Aleecia Kristian
Aleecia Kristian

So how do you know the individuals making the threats were liberals? Do you know this for a fact or are you just ignorant? Stop being a follower. You people have played out the word liberal.

Vicki Ron Bauer
Vicki Ron Bauer

OK, call all Chili's and let them know you will no longer be stopping by.

Doretha Williams
Doretha Williams

Call Chili's let know I just file my lawsuit again your company.......dam shame

Dawn Wright Teer
Dawn Wright Teer

Omg! Leave this man alone! He's a Veteran! He deserves respect! Shameful!

Jacqueline Ward
Jacqueline Ward

These are the end of times and it's not going to get no better i feel bad for this young man may god protect tou from this evilness may god bless you

William Anderson
William Anderson

I've reached my 4 article limit so I can't read it. Chili's serves dog meat as beef by the way. I used to work for Brinkers back in the 1990s and found out about it.

Pamela Fine Gill
Pamela Fine Gill

Why would a television news outlet show his address and phone number while reporting on the incident? His personal information had nothing to do with what happened. Have they taken responsibility for what's happened to him and offered to help him?

Sirena Yvette
Sirena Yvette

I'm not understanding this at all, why is he being targeted, what did he do wrong???

Tammie Lyle
Tammie Lyle

Just sad, what does a person have to do to get some respect ?

Matt Armstead
Matt Armstead

Who was the news outlet that "inadvertently" did this?

Mindy Haun
Mindy Haun

Such a shame. I can't believe the news outlet actually aired his named and address either. Can't believe people are threatening him.

Garry Hyrne
Garry Hyrne

Never knew there were that many lazy freeloaders in America. The illegal,thugs and terrorists must have clinched it for him.

LaToya Bell
LaToya Bell

omg how awful he does not deserve this he's the hero what where they does this @ smdh

Jeffrey Harris
Jeffrey Harris

Who showed his address and phone number? I hope he sues.

Angela Thomas
Angela Thomas

This is what the World coming to...Just Crazy?

Rene Briggs
Rene Briggs

This is so sad. Who does this. Who shows such disrespect to those that risk their lives for all of us. What is in your head? Evil had taken you over

Nora O'Regan
Nora O'Regan

This is disgusting! To mistreat our Vets like this. The community should wake up and handle this it's time people stepped up and do the right thing for our Vets.

Stackie Thomas
Stackie Thomas

Chilis is gettin carried away like thuggin on Boos!!! \U0001f610\U0001f610\U0001f610

Lola Rosa Creque
Lola Rosa Creque

He needs to sue the news outlet. Vets threatening another vet? As a veteran I can't help but to wonder wtf these people are thinking. And he should go back home... and have all his guns loaded.

Doretha Williams
Doretha Williams

Stephen Holland, cause they are under cover, you just might be surprise whom they are in real light, but they hiding in dark under cover....

Stephen Holland
Stephen Holland

I didn't see where they said the threats were coming from other vets! Are you sure?

Stephanie Rooker Barfield
Stephanie Rooker Barfield

But why would anyone threaten him? He even refused the take the money raised and put it towards helping out other veterans? Seriously? What is wrong with people these days?

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Someone in law enforcement ought to make a little dent in this by tracing some of these folks and having a little talk with them about how this is wrong

Brandon Matthew Jackson Sr.
Brandon Matthew Jackson Sr.

Smdh to a vet though \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602 the same people y'all whine about the kneel for\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602 dam hypocrites man. It's a dam shame that we know why its that way but y'all scared to say why it's that why because most of you are so much of a coward that you can't and won't even look this man in the face and tell him why you are threatening him\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Jeanette Winger
Jeanette Winger

He should sue what station advertised his address for expenses.

Howard Cogburn
Howard Cogburn

Well, Sgt. You need to find a REPUBLICAN neighborhood!

Starlan Hoke
Starlan Hoke

A DISGRACE TO AMERICA YOU FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY AND IT END LIKE THIS

Grant Blair
Grant Blair

I wish he could find out who they are and pop a cap in each of them.