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On Friday, June 18, Dae Shik Kim Jr. and his brother attended a Seattle Mariners baseball game sitting in their second row seats. That’s when an usher came to check their tickets which they purchased from a season ticket holders. The usher allegedly only checked their tickets, and not the others around them. Twitter users questioned whether the usher was just doing her job. Dae confirmed to SoDoMojo that the non-season ticket holders sitting in front of them were not questioned.

According to SoDo Mojo, Dae looked for a manager and was told that the manager was not available. Dae made an official complaint to customer service and was reportedly asked to prove that it happened. He requested not to be ticket checked again and to be left alone for the rest of the game. However, the manager stepped in while they were away. The manager had “interviewed” the surrounding fans regarding the situation.

“I didn’t make a scene. I didn’t start live-streaming. I made an official complaint, came back here and tried to enjoy the game,” Dae can be heard reasoning on camera.

Lookout Landing reported that the manager attempted to rectify the situation. The manager implied the usher would be punished, offered Dae a free ticket to a Mariner’s game and a free plate of garlic fries. Dae later detailed that the Director of Guest Experience called him and told him the Mariner’s front office is “100% owning what happened”. “A small step toward accountability,” Dae tweeted.

Dae explained that there have been similar stories involving racial insensitivity and the Seattle Mariners. Dae has urged the organization to work towards solutions to better support youth of color in under resourced communities in Seattle.

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