|Two women from Missouri were harassed by Applebee's employees and a cop.|
Two women were harassed by mall security and a cop after a restaurant worker claimed that they dine and dashed. Guess what color the women were?
This was in the Kansas City area.
Alexis Brison and her friend were shopping a mall in Independence, Missouri. They decided to eat a local Applebee's inside the Independence Mall.
A server tipped off her manager that she and her friend were alleged shoplifters who ran out on them a previous night.
So after the workers served Brison and her friend, they notified the mall security and the Independence Police.
Her friend, Asia Hardy was upset to find a cop approaching her telling her that she is being accused of stealing.
|One of the workers who accused the women of stealing.|
Brison would ask the cop,"We have not been here. We have not been here. We have not been here. I'm a student. I live on campus. I have not been here, like, I've been on duty at Rockhurst University."
The cop would talk to the women in a condescending fashion. He asked the to put themselves in his shoes. He needed to ask them questions and was taking the complaints of citizens who believe criminal activity is present.
"You're doing your job but the restaurant isn't doing its job. Because if she's positive that she's seen us, we haven't been in here," said Brison.
The women asked for Applebee's manager to review the tape to prove they were the dine and dash shoplifters.
The cop told him to "just relax."
"This is too much of an accusation to call it nothing because we have not been here," said one of the women.
"We have not been here. Oh my God! We have not been here?" Hardy said.
"Is she normally this emotional? Wow. Does she normally talk like this?" said the cop.
Applebee's CEO Bill Georgas was not thrilled about the situation. Word got out when Brison filmed the encounter and posted it on social media. It went viral.
Once it went viral, he immediately apologized to the women and had the workers involved fired out the cannon.
He released the following statement.
"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."
Three workers who may have overacted. Two women of color offended by the encounter. One corporation forced to lay the hammer on its stores and workers.