Two black women were kicked out of an Applebee’s restaurant at the Independence, Missouri, shopping mall on Feb. 10 for allegedly not paying a bill from the previous night.
One of the women, Alexis Brison, filmed the indecent which included a security guard and a police officer, and posted the video on her Facebook page with a caption:
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.
Bill Georgas, CEO of Apple Central, LLC. (the Applebee’s local franchise), told the Kansas City Star that the incident was not racially motivated:
Our team has been working throughout the weekend and will continue to work to determine what happened and what appropriate measures will be taken.
“We do not tolerate racism or bigotry of any nature. We currently have no indications this was race related. We have a diverse workforce that is reflective of the community we serve. All are welcome at our restaurant, and will continue to be welcome.
Brison refused to comment on the incident.