The California waitress who confronted a Silicon Valley tech CEO during his racist tirade against an Asian family said Wednesday that she “did what needed to be done.”
Gennica Cochran, a server at Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley, recalled in an interview with KGO-TV what led her to defend Jordan Chan and her family on Saturday from Michael Lofthouse, the CEO of Solid8.
“I felt very protective of them,” Cochran told the news station. “You don’t come in here and say those kinds of things to people. Especially people feel so raw coming out of quarantine.
“Most of these people, this is the first time that they’ve been out to dinner, and then you have someone attacking them it was just no, no, I don’t have time for this.”
In a viral video filmed by Chan, the tech entrepreneur can be seen gesturing at the family while saying, “Trump’s going to f–k you!”
“You f–kers need to leave,” he says to them as he stands up and puts on his coat.
Cochran then steps in, telling Lofthouse, “You do not talk to a guest like that, you need to leave now.”
The server, who also teaches yoga, said on Wednesday that springing into action, “was just something that came over me and I just did what needed to be done,”
“I did what anybody else should or would do in that situation,” she told the outlet.
Lofthouse has since apologized to the Chan family.
“I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel.”
Since Saturday’s incident, several GoFundMe pages have been set up for Cochran.
One of them, titled, “A Big Tip for an Everyday Hero” had raised more than $25,000 by Wednesday night.