Restaurant Manager Fired After Calling Police On Members Of Delta Sigma Theta Because He Didn’t Think They’d Pay The Bill
Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated were the recent victims of discrimination at a Bahama Breeze franchise in Ohio.
Last week, Tuesday, the manager at Bahama Breeze called the police. He alleged that forty guests were “worked up about the bill” and did not want to pay. He also claimed that the patrons used profanity and disrespect.
But the sorority members said something entirely different took place. Chante Spencer, one of the women in the group, believes the sorority was racially profiled and falsely accused of skipping out on the bill. Other members of the organization say the service was slow and the situation escalated once they police were called.
Spencer told WKYC-TV, “No one deserves to be treated that way. Nobody.”
As a result of the 911 call, several officers showed up at the restaurant to watch the women pay for their food. And as they were leaving the restaurant, one person was asked to produce a receipt.
This is not the first time this particular restaurant has been accused of racial discrimination and harassment. In 2009, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a settlement involving 37 Black workers who claimed they were subjected to racial slurs and denied them breaks.
The company paid more than a million dollars in the settlement and was ordered to provide anti-discrimination and diversity training to the staff.
WKYC, an NBC affiliate, reached out to Darden Concepts, the owners of Bahama Breeze (as well as The Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Yard House.) They issued this statement: “We clearly fell short of delivering great service, and we’ve invited the guests back in order to provide an exceptional Bahama Breeze experience.”
Since the incident, the manager at the Bahama Breeze has been fired.
Ohio Congresswoman, Marcia Fudge, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, issued this statement:
“It is a chilling reminder that no African American is exempt from the impact of racial profiling when a group of professional women, known for their service and advocacy are victims,” she said in a press release. “As an African American woman and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, I am appalled that this occurred in the district I represent, and will not be silent.”