|Published on February 12, 2018|
“We recognize the hurt and pain caused by the recent incident at an Applebee’s restaurant in Independence, Mo. We very much regret this occurred and sincerely apologi
“We recognize the hurt and pain caused by the recent incident at an Applebee’s restaurant in Independence, Mo. We very much regret this occurred and sincerely apologize to our guests and community. After an internal investigation and in-line with our values, the franchisee terminated the manager, server and another employee involved in the incident. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry or harassment of any nature, and we have taken additional steps to close the restaurant at this time in order for the team there to regroup, reflect, learn and grow from this. We are reaching out to the guests involved to apologize directly. We know rebuilding trust with those affected by the incident will take time, and we look forward to finding resolution in the coming days.” In a written statement to KCTV5 News, Applebee’s says that it regrets what happened and that it has no indication that the incident was race related. Here is the full statement. Applebee's staff and the police officer asked the women to pay their bill, leave and not return. Both women paid for their food and left the restaurant. After leaving the restaurant, Brison says calls were made to the restaurant and the manager and said that the person accusing them had described them as "a skinny girl and one who wore makeup," but could not recognize any of their facial features or defining characteristics. "This is a clear example of racial profiling that should not be stood for," Brison wrote. "Just because we are black does not mean we are all criminals and I will not be treated as such." Via kctv5.