Couple Claims Marriage Proposal Went Horribly Left After They Were Racially Profiled At Angry Orchard Brewery
Imagine on what should be the happiest day of your life, that you’re repeatedly interrogated and accused of stealing property that you didn’t five finger discount.
That is exactly what happened to Cathy-Marie Hamlet, 32, on Sunday while she was out celebrating her now finance’s 40th birthday. Hamlet posted a lengthy message on Facebook recounting the traumatic event and the chain of events that followed.
According to her statement, her and her fiancé Clyde Jackson drove to upstate New York for the day after enjoying his birthday brunch in the city earlier that afternoon. After arriving at Angry Orchard cidery in Walden with six friends, Hamlet said a white female staffer approached her boyfriend asking him to empty his pockets, before she could even take a seat outside.
“I was told that you stole a T-shirt from the gift store,” the staffer told them. Her fiancé obliged, while also trying hide the engagement ring he had in his possession. After he proved he was not the culprit the woman walked away. But of course it was not the end.
Hamlet writes that the woman came back a second time to rudely interrupt Jackson while he was in the middle of his proposal speech, to ask Hamlet if she could check her bag. At that point Hamlet became frustrated and accused security of racial profiling.
“I know you’re just doing your job, but I can’t help but wonder if this is because we’re Black. We’re the only Black people here at your establishment,” she claims to have said.
The woman then denied Hamlet’s accusation and left the group as they celebrated. But once she realized there was a party of people with them, she then asked the whole group to empty their purses and pockets.
At this point everyone was through and decided it was time to cut the foolery. Hamlet said once she suggested security check their surveillance cameras the group decided to leave after one of the security guards threatened to call the police.
Hamlet told NBC News that she was even more infuriated when security showed blatant discrimination.
“I felt humiliated, especially after one of my white friends made a point of asking them to check her bag for the T-shirt, but they refused to do so,” Hamlet said.
Some of them were in tears by the end of the altercation, Hamlet wrote.
Hamlet posted a photo of three staffers as they taunted them by waving goodbye as the group exited the premises. She also says security took photos of the group and her license plate.
A spokesperson for Boston Beer Company, which owns Angry Orchards, told NBC News they have initiated contact with the couple to try to rectify the issue.
“I feel confused and conflicted over what to do now and how to move forward, that one of the happiest moments of my life could be partially overshadowed like this,” Hamlet told NBC News. “It’s sad that in 2019 we still need to have these conversations.”