Zoo employee fired over 'racist' social media post

A worker at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois has been fired after posting a selfie to social media with a caption that some are calling 'racist.'

The photo shows the woman wearing a zoo uniform , checked in at the Brookfield Zoo, with the caption: "At work serving these rude (expletive) white people."

Guests of the zoo apparently saw the photo and flooded the zoo with complaints of racism on their Facebook page, calling for the employee to be fired. The photo has been shared thousands of times across social media. 

Although the woman, identified as Shana Latrice, has removed her Facebook page and put her Instagram account on private,  NBC Chicago reports that she responded to the criticism with a post that said,"I know what I am & racist is not one of em."  

The Brookfield Zoo has responded saying the employee no longer works there and hopes that guests will not "let the actions of one individual overshadow the longstanding good work of the Chicago Zoological Society."

Yesterday, we became aware of the actions of a single employee which we agree are unacceptable. This employee's...

Posted by Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I'm happy to hear you fired the employee that made the rude comment regarding white people. If the racial comment were...

Posted by Joanna Straub on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hi, Brookfield Zoo, I love yall's work. Big fan, but it really upset me that yall terminated an employee because of...

Posted by Charlie Vergos on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

By the way kids this is what Karma looks like you do stupid and rude things to embarrassing employer will be fired

Posted by Jon Kasper on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I'm very glad with how the situation was handled by your company I wouldn't call what she said racist. She is a moron for tagging herself and her place of work and making a rude comment.

Posted by Jon Kasper on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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