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January 15, 2020

New Jersey pizzeria owners apologize after former manager sent antisemitic text messages to teenage delivery driver


The bizarre, hate-filled rant sparked a lawsuit filed by the 17-year-old driver’s parents.

“The actions of this one employee are inexcusable and completely distasteful,” the Schianodicola family, which owns the Maurizio Pizzeria & Italian Ristorante in Eatontown, said in a statement Wednesday given to NJ.com.

“We would like to be clear that the single actions of this employee in no way reflects the beliefs and values of the owners of Maurizio’s,” the statement said.

The pizzeria has been receiving angry calls since reports of the lawsuit first surfaced last week.

The disturbing texts were sent in Sept. 2019, according to a lawsuit filed in November.

Nicholas Bogan, who had just started working part-time for Maurizio’s, texted his manager, Francesco Scotto Di Rinaldi, to request a day off for Rosh Hashanah, according to the lawsuit.

Text messages sent to 17-year-old Nicholas Bogan by his then manager, Francesco Scotto Di Rinaldi, according to a lawsuit. (Obtained by the Daily News)

But instead of responding to the request, the lawsuit states Di Rinaldi, who was fired after the incident, went on an antisemitic rant.

“F*** the Jewish,” he replied in a string of text messages, which were included in the lawsuit. “Put them on fire… Like hitler was trying to do… He had a point.”

Bogan responded with three crying while laughing emojis.

“Bogan believed the above comments were a part of some sick joke and, thus, attempted to diffuse the situation,” the lawsuit states regarding the emojis. “But Defendant Di Rinaldi did not back down and made sure to let Mr. Bogan know he was completely serious.”
“Yeah I’m serious can’t stand them,” Di Rinaldi wrote in a string of grammatically incorrect texts, according to the suit. “Why would you celebrate some That you don’t belong… You wrong born in america so you don’t belong to them.”

Di Rinaldi also, for some reason, lumped “indians” into his angry diatribe.

“After receiving these hateful messages,” the lawsuit states, “Bogan was deeply shaken and did not feel safe returning to work.”
The Bogan family is seeking reinstatement of employment, back pay and benefits, as well as damages, the lawsuit states. As for the Schianodicola family, they hope the community will forgive the pizzeria.

“We hope that the Eatontown community understands that this isolated incident is no way a reflection of the 20 years positive impact that we believe we have had on our community,” they said in the statement.

“Most importantly, we would like to apologize to Mr. Bogan and his family for any hardship or offense that these events have caused his family.”

Source: NY daily news