The man allegedly "stared at and tried to solicit his phone number" to a group of young girls before launching into a homophobic and sexist tirade.
A Long Island diner waitress is being applauded online after a video of her shutting down a rude and creepy customer went viral online. In a TikTok video that's been viewed over 6.8 million times since it was posted, the outspoken waitress is seen telling the unidentified man: "Honestly, nobody wants to wait on you. I'm asking you nicely... Could you please just leave? You got a cup of coffee out of us, what more do you want?" Speaking to New York Post, Louis Cozzolino—the TikTok user who captured the heated interaction from one table over—revealed that the man was accused of "staring at and trying to solicit his phone number" to a group of young girls before launching into a homophobic and sexist tirade in the Massapequa Diner.
The man was moved to another table away from the underaged girls following his disturbing behavior, Cozzolino said, and was eventually told to leave by the waitress—identified as Sondra Albert—as other staff "didn't want to wait on him, either." Supporting Albert's actions, the 21-year-old frequent diner patron added: "He was being repeatedly rude, calling her a b**ch. Sondra is the nicest person ever and for her to get like that, I knew the guy was a p**ck."
In the video shared by Cozzolino, Albert is seen blasting the rude customer for his unacceptable behavior. "You're not gonna call me a 'bitch,'" she says angrily. "You're not gonna call people a 'lesbian.' And you sure as hell ain't gonna look at underage girls." When the man tried to defend himself saying he didn't "want to look at underage girls," Albert added: "You're a pedophile and freak and you deserve to be locked up in Bellevue. And that's all I gotta say and I'm asking you nicely."
In a follow-up video, Albert stopped asking nicely after the man refused to leave the diner despite her warnings. "I'll kick your ass... you don't frighten me for one minute. The way you speak about people who are lesbians and young children," she said before being momentarily interrupted by the man's inaudible defense. "Oh, you're so frigging full of sh* t! Tell it to somebody who cares, you're not wanted here," she yelled. Albert then pointed to Cozzolino's table, informing the man that they would "back (her) up" on the account.
The man then attempted to turn the tables on Albert by accusing her of having a bias against him and claiming she'd refused to serve him "for no reason" two weeks ago. "I didn't want to serve you for no reason? Did you take a good look in the mirror?" she responded. Cozzolino revealed that the man only left after the diner owner went to his table and the Nassau police were called to the location. Other patrons also supported Albert's actions by sharing that it is extremely uncommon for customers to get kicked out.
"I often go to the Massapequa Diner and I've never seen anybody get shouted at or thrown out," said Matthew Lettieri, 27, of Lindenhurst. "I was just there the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a late-night meal and they couldn't have been more friendly, even to all the inebriated customers who came in after a long night out." Another "life-long" customer, a 24-year-old named Josh, vouched for the same. "I've never seen someone get kicked out of there, let alone shouted at by staff," they said.