Joe’s Crab Shack is facing some major heat after a picture at one of their restaurants went viral. Two diners, Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen, were at a Minneapolis location of the seafood chain when they were seated at a table with a picture of a public execution embedded into the surface.
Titled Hanging at Groesbeck, the image shows a black man about to be hanged in Texas in 1895. The soon-to-be-executed man says in a speech bubble:
All I said was “I didn’t like the gumbo.”
Williams posted the photo on his Facebook and it quickly garnered attention. While the manager apologized to the two over the use of the image, Allen said they were shocked that something like that could be used so casually.
The president of the Minneapolis NAACP chapter, Nekima Levy-Pounds, demanded that the restaurant take down the image immediately and apologize to the public.
Joe’s has since responded to the incident with this statement:
We take the matter regarding the photo used in the Roseville, MN location very seriously. The offensive photo was immediately removed from the restaurant. We apologize for the incident and look forward to continuing to serve the Roseville community.
Needless to say, Joe’s will have some major damage control to deal with.