Fifty years after Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech this crap's still going on. From Progressive Populist: Blacks Asked to Leave South Carolina Restaurant Because White Customer Felt Threatened. It happened at the Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston.
Michael Brown was one of those 25 customers. They were there to send off Brown’s cousin, who was leaving the Charleston area. After finally being seated after the two hour wait, the shift manager came to the table and told the group that there was a “situation.”By "situation" what she meant was one white person didn't like having 25 black people in the same room with him/her. Says Brown:
She (the shift manager) said there’s a situation where one of our customers feels threatened by your party, so she asked us not to seat you in our section, which totally alarmed all of us because we’re sitting there peaceably for two hours. Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before.Brown repeatedly tried to contact their corporate offices. He got no answer.
What's wrong with this tired, old picture? Seriously. Can someone explain this business model to me? It seems it would make more sense to entertain 25 paying customers and throw one miserable old bigot out on their ass. But then, silly me, I don't own a bunch of restaurants.
If you like you can ask Wild Wing Cafe's home office to explain.
UPDATE: SocioSam published a diary on this same topic, only he did it shortly before me. He already called them. This is disastrous for them! You've got to go read it yourselves: Wild Wings Foul Service.