Oh no, here we go again. Earlier this week, two women were eating at an Applebee’s in Independence, Missouri when their server called the police on them. Why? She was “almost positive” that the black women were the same ones who had dined and dashed the day before, even though she didn’t have any proof — and even though she couldn’t even remember what the women had looked like.
The woman, Alexis Brison, and her friend attempted to talk to the officers who appeared at the restaurant, but they weren’t too interested in hearing their story and instead ended up making the women increasingly upset.
In the Facebook post, Brison 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.
She also posted a video of the altercation with the police, which ended in tears.
You have to admit that this whole thing was handled terribly. Not only did the server lack any proof whatsoever (unless you count “skinny” and “wearing makeup” and, I don’t know, “black” as proof), but the officers didn’t seem interested in resolving the situation in a way that gave Brison and her friend the benefit of doubt.
The Independence Applebee’s said in a statement that while it regrets what happened, there’s no indication that the incident had to do with race. However, it has since fired three of it’s employees involved in the incident and has temporarily closed the restaurant to properly train its staff to handle similar events in the future.