We ended 2017 on quite a high, in my opinion. There were so many stories about good deeds happening in restaurants my faith in humanity was actually restored, if only for a little while. 2018, however, has been a different story.
We've seen vegans be abused (and given abuse), food lovers get sent to the hospital and of course racism. Ah racism, when will you ever end? In case you still need convincing it still happens, our latest example comes from Alexis Brison in Missouri.
Brison was having dinner at an Applebee's near Kansas City, Missouri, with a friend over the weekend, when they had their meal interrupted by some pretty blatant racism. According to a video shared on Facebook, the Applebee's staff called the cops on the two women and accused them of dining and dashing on their bill the previous day.
"About an hour into our dinner we were approached by a Independence (mall) police officer, a mall cop, and the restaurant manager," wrote Brison in a now-viral Facebook post. "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."
As Brison and her friend attempted to defend themselves, the officers became increasingly assertive and the altercation ended in tears. "you should get my good side" waving "hi" to the camera a few times.
The duo try to profess their innocence, but the manager of the Applebee's insists she's "almost positive" it's them, reducing Brison's friend into hysterics. After seeing this the officer chuckles "is she always this emotional?" The duo are eventually told to pay for their food and leave immediately.
When posting the video on Facebook, Brison wrote: "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."
She continues: "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. #repost Applebee's Grill & Bar"
Brison's video has since been viewed over two million times, and shared nearly 50,000 times as well. The CEO of Applebee's has since said: "Our team has been working throughout the weekend and will continue to work to determine what happened and what appropriate measures will be taken."
Applebees has since fired the restaurant workers involved, and also said: "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." Here's hoping this is one of the last cases of this.