VIRAL VIDEO: Applebee's Fires 3 Amidst Allegations Of Racial Profiling

Three Applebee's employees were fired, and a location was temporarily shut down, amidst accusations of racial profiling.

​Independence, MO – Three Applebee’s employees have been fired, and the store location has been temporarily closed, after two black women were accused of leaving the restaurant without paying for their food and the police were called (video below.)

In a Facebook post, Applebee’s patron Alexis Brison said that she and a friend, later identified as Asia Hardy, were out shopping on Saturday, when they decided to stop at the restaurant for a bite to eat.

Brison explained that approximately one hour into their meal, they were approached by an Independence Police Department (IPD) officer, a mall security officer, and the restaurant manager.

Much of the conversation that ensued was recorded by one of the women, using a cell phone.

“We were told that we were accused of eating and not paying for CHICKEN the day before (dining and dashing),” Brison wrote.

“We have not been here!” Hardy was repeatedly heard saying throughout the video.

“This is what black people have to deal with, if you want to know,” one of the women said.

“After being mocked, humiliated, and embarrassed we were asked to pay for our food, leave, and not come back,” Brison wrote in her post.

The women said that any allegations that they had skipped out on a bill the day prior were false, and said they believed the true reason they were accused of stealing was because they are black.

“After leaving, calls were made to the restaurant and the manager stated that our accuser remembered that there was a SKINNY girl and a girl who wore MAKEUP,” Brison wrote. “In 2018 is this really what we’re debased to? Our weight and whether or not we wore makeup.”

“She could not recognize any facial features or any defining characteristics. This is a clear example of RACIAL PROFILING that should not be stood for. Just because we are black does not mean we are all criminals and I will not be treated as such,” Brison concluded.

Applebee’s issued a statement to The Kansas City Star on Monday.

“Our team has been working throughout the weekend and will continue to work to determine what happened and what appropriate measures will be taken,” Bill Georgas, CEO of Apple Central, LLC., Applebee’s local franchisee wrote.

Georgas said that the internal investigation had not indicated that the incident was racially motivated.

“We do not tolerate racism or bigotry of any nature,” he said. “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.”

Applebee’s said they were attempting to contact Brison and Hardy to apologize, according to WDAF.

The restaurant also said that a manager, server, and another employee were fired in relation to the incident, and that the business was temporarily closed “in order for the team there to regroup, reflect, learn, and grow from this,” WDAF reported.

The cellphone video of the incident had been viewed nearly 3 million times as of Tuesday morning.

What do you think of the way that this incident was handled? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

Watch the video of the incident below:

Comments
GeeGirl
GeeGirl

The first thing people do when they are guilty of something is to deflect, like throw, big crying fits or use the racist card because it takes the attention or spotlight off of them and onto the accuser, very well known tactic amongst thieves, criminals etc!

b1rd
b1rd

@Randy- exactly. No one knows his name or badge. So to immediately label him as a racist is completely a snowflake move.

b1rd
b1rd

I'm surprised someone didn't call these women snowflakes as they have said that about people in other stories when they went to the media about what they perceive as bad or poor treatment.

LEO0301
LEO0301
CopsKidTwo
CopsKidTwo said: First, I can understand both sides of the fence here. One of my biggest pet peeves in life is being accused of something I didn't do-including being called a racist. Case in point: Just because I happen to be white and the perp just happened to be a minority, he used the race card like it was toilet paper. Thankfully, it was treated as such as well. So, in the video, the server says she's positive it was them-how is recognizing someone racist or racial profiling? I can understand the ladies being embarrassed and humiliated and furious-who wouldn't be, especially if they didn't do it-however to throw out the race card is ridiculous. I don't think most white people care what color your skin is. It's what's inside that counts. I think Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who just happens to be African American, said it best, "Everyone looks the same on the inside." Here's another tip: Just because you are white doesn't mean you can't be accused of doing something you didn't do. Years ago, security in Walmart zipped right over to meet me at the door and ask to see my receipt and specifically asked for the sunglasses I had just purchased at the same time I picked up a prescription. Totally PISSED me off. People make mistakes all the time. Being accused of something you didn't do CAN happen to ANYONE. It's probably happened to the vast majority of ANY population. Think about it, it happens to everyone who flies and goes through security. You and your stuff are scanned and then one or both could be secondaried for a more intense and embarrassing scan. IN this day and age, thanks to the Divider in Chief, all minorities have to do is throw out the race card and they get treated with kid gloves and if they're lucky, they might even score a big payout-because NO ONE wants to be accused of racism-especially people who aren't. With all the security cameras available these days, (which is exactly what one of the women pointed out in the very beginning), this should've been really easy to fix. All they had to do was keep demanding to see the security tapes. No race card tossing and no hysterics necessary. Which brings me to that behavior. The restaurant and the officers let the ladies go and THEN the racial profiling/racism rhetoric begins: "Black people in America deal with this all the time." Oh, please. This isn't the 1950s or earlier. Again, it can happen to anyone. And WHY is the second female sobbing hysterically? She isn't being arrested. Seems over the top melodramatic. I started writing my post AFTER they were released while I was listening to the rest of the video. She seriously sounds like a guilty female who is pulling the emotional female card to get away with it. I'm still being subjected to the hysterics. On behalf of females everywhere who don't dissolve into hysterics over being RELEASED, that was totally embarrassing to listen to.

Well said. I've seen this act before, especially from women who are in fact guilty of what they are being accused of.

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