This is just sad. This video of 2 women being racially profiled at Apple Bee's has gone viral after the women were approached by police an asked to leave. The waitress claimed the woman had ran out on their check the night before.
In the video you hear the woman say they were not at the restaurant the night before and they felt they were being racially profiled. The video went viral on Facebook with over 33,000 shares after the woman wrote:
Hey facebook friends and family I need your help reposting this. Especially in black history month black people cannot continue to be treated this way. My friend and I were shopping at the independence center in independence, Missouri(Near Kansas City), when we were done we decided to get a bite to eat at Applebee’s. About an hour into out dinner we were approached by a Independence police officer, a mall cop, and the restaurant manager. We were told that we were accused of eating and not paying for CHICKEN the day before (dining and dashing). Mind you that we have proof that can show our whereabouts and it’s not even in our character to steal. After being mocked, humiliated, and embarrassed we were asked to pay for our food, leave, and not come back. After leaving, calls were made to the restaurant and the manager stated that our accuser remembered that there was a SKINNY girl and a girl who wore MAKEUP. In 2018 is this really what we’re debased to? Our weight and whether or not we wore makeup. She could not recognize any facial features or any defining characteristics . This is a clear example of RACIAL PROFILING that should not be stood for. Just because we are black does not mean we are all criminals and I will not be treated as such
The restaurant was wrong, but the cop was a complete ass for mocking and laughing at this girl having an emotional meltdown. He made the situation worse with his actions. These are college students who were met with accusations, profiled, have probably never experienced racism and then they were embarrassed by the restaurants actions. To laugh at this girl for being shocked and hurt by the allegations is disgusting.
On the bright side, ABCNews is reporting that Apple Bee's fired 3 employees involved with the incident.
In a statement to ABC News, an Applebee's spokesperson said, "After an internal investigation and in-line with our values, the franchise terminated the manager, server and another employee involved in the incident. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry or harassment of any nature and we have taken additional steps to close the restaurant at this time in order for the team there to regroup, reflect, learn and grow from this."
On Facebook, Brison wrote, "This is a clear example of RACIAL PROFILING that should not be stood for. Just because we are black does not mean we are all criminals and I will not be treated as such."
Brison said she was bothered that their accuser could not remember any defining characteristics about the women they believe skipped out on their check.
"Our accuser remembered that there was a SKINNY girl and a girl who wore MAKEUP. In 2018 is this really what we're debased to? Our weight and whether or not we wore makeup. She could not recognize any facial features," Brison posted on Facebook.
An Applebee's spokesperson said the restaurant is reaching out to the guests involved to apologize directly. "We know rebuilding trust with those affected by the incident will take time, and we look forward to finding resolution in the coming days,” an Applebee's spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News.