After waiting hours for service, a group of African Americans was taken aback when managers of a Wild Wings Cafe refused to seat them for apparently making White customers uncomfortable.
“She said, ‘There’s a situation where one of our customers feels threatened by your party. So, she asked us not to set you in our section,’” Michael Brown recalled for WNEM TV. “We’re sitting there peaceably for two hours,” he reasoned. “Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before.”
The incident happened last month, but Michael is speaking out about it now after getting little response from the national headquarters of Wild Wings Café. According to reports, he and about 25 others were there to celebrate someone’s last day in the city.
The friends waited for two hours before they were refused service and when someone in his party began recording the conversation, they were all escorted off the premises.
“I said, ‘So, you’re telling me I have to leave,’” recalled Michael. “She said, ‘I have a right to deny you service.’ I said, ‘So, you’re asking me to leave because you’re upset because he was recording you after we’ve waited for two hours, and after you’ve already pretty much discriminated on us,’ and she answered, ‘yes.’”
After attempts to reach the corporate offices failed, Michael took to Facebook to vent his frustrations and that’s when the Wild Wings Café responded.
Though restaurant representative Debra Stokes offered a free meal to Michael and his friends, he said that doesn’t quite remove the bad taste from their mouths.
“It’s deeper than that,” he said.
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