Donors raised more than $1,000 on a GoFundMe page that aimed to hire a mariachi band to sing outside the workplace of attorney Aaron Schlossberg, the man seen in a now-viral video ranting against Hispanic restaurant workers.
“We are requesting the band to sing the famous, endearing, and warm Spanish children song, La Cucaracha, the cockroach,” campaign creator Mark Goldberg, of New York, said on the page. “Any leftover money will be used to send a delicious Taco Truck lunch to the staff and a copy of all federal and state statutes mentioning undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare.”
The initial goal of $500 was met in less than 24 hours, before the campaign was canceled by Goldberg. He later updated the page with a receipt showing a roughly $224 payment to a mariachi band.
Goldberg wrote that he planned to use the extra money to buy traditional Mexican party accessories, like piñatas. It’s unclear what time the celebration will take place, although Goldberg, who did not return Newsweek’s request for comment, did say he would record it and post it.
“We decided to not disclose the date and time since some on 4chan noticed and want to send people there on Friday to counter it,” Goldberg wrote, referencing the notorious message board brimming with alt-right members. “We are rescheduling and will not announce time/day. It will happen very soon.”
The GoFundMe was inspired by the viral video of Schlossberg accosting restaurant workers for not speaking English in midtown Manhattan.
“Your employees are speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” a visibly frustrated Schlossberg can be seen saying in the video. “Every person I spoke to….it’s America! I will be following up.”
He then told a person who appeared to be a store manager that his “next call will be to [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]” because he “bets” the employees are “undocumented.”
“If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money,” Schlossberg said. “I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do is speak English.”
Before he walked away, he also suggested that one of the Hispanic employees lose weight.
“Maybe you shouldn’t eat that sandwich,” he said to a woman. “Take a break from the food.”
Backlash to the video, which was posted on activist Shaun King’s twitter account, was swift and fierce. Cameras caught up with Schlossberg on Thursday, and the 42-year-old appeared decidedly less confident than he had been in the restaurant.
He called the police on one reporter for the New York Daily Newswho followed him outside his apartment.
“They’re yelling, they’re claiming things that aren’t true,” Schlossberg said from the sidewalk. “They’re grabbing my personal items. … Defaming me. I can’t even move, because they’re blocking me.”
Videos have also surfaced of him making other racially charged and insensitive remarks in the past. The law firm where he works has been inundated with one-star reviews, and a flood of negative comments have poured into his Google and Facebook pages.
The lawyer did not return Newsweek’s request for comment.