A Missouri Applebee’s location is not looking good as a couple of customers are accusing the restaurant of racial profiling after authorities approached them, claiming the two dine-and-dashed the day before.
The Applebee’s has is temporarily closed amidst the scandal, and the three employees that did the accusing have now been fired, but not after a Facebook video took off, documenting the back end of the altercation, according to KTLA.
A Facebook post by Alexis Brison Saturday, explained that the dine and dashers were described by Applebee’s employees at the Independence mall as one girl being “skinny” and the other as “wearing makeup.”
Apparently that was enough of a description to single out the pair, as the Applebee’s manager, mall security, and an Independence police officer rolled up on the women as they were eating.
The nine minute Facebook video has 3.2 million views, as it briefly shows the officer and manager tableside. The officer can be seen doing that condescending thing where he acknowledges that he knows he’s being recorded and doesn’t care, so he smiles and waves.
The manager can be heard saying she’s “almost positive” it was them, while the two girls begged for them to check surveillance.
Applebee’s CEO Bill Georgas addressed the situation in a statement Monday, saying:
“At Applebee’s, we do not tolerate racism or bigotry of any nature. We regret any incident like this, because we want every guest experience to be positive. 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 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.”
The attorney representing the two women had no comment, according to KTLA, and there has not been an official police report on the incident.