CNN — An interracial couple is outraged after they say they were the target of racism while leaving a popular suburban Atlanta restaurant.
A New Year's Day visit to the well known Spondivits restaurant in East Point quickly turned sour for one south Georgia couple.
Candea Aarons made the trip up for lunch with her husband Sam, a United States Army Sergeant Major, just back from a deployment in Kuwait.
When they got home they noticed this tag left by the man who they say valet parked their car with a derogatory slur used to describe interracial couples.
The tag read, "jungle fever," and Sam Aarons says he never saw it coming.
"I opened the door for my wife," said Sam. "I was really pleased with the service, I gave him a good tip, and then we left."
CNN wanted an explanation, but Spondivits leaders refused requests for an on-camera interview.
But, the restaurant's chef told said the valet worked for a contractor, APS Valet.
In a statement Chef Glenn Gagne said "Spondivits does not tolerate racial speech of any kind."
Later, APS Valet's owner stated, "The valet in question is no long working with APS. APS does not tolerate racism of any kind, whatsoever."
But, Candea Aarons says the whole thing left her and her husband deeply hurt and the fact the valet got fired is little consolation.
"For you to take the time to put a hole in the card, and put it on our key chain, to ensure that we see it, really," said Candea.
Neither Spondivits or APS Valet would identify the fired worker, but the Aarons say he was African-American.