The Cheesecake Factory faces a bit of backlash after one of their customers was the victim of an alleged hate crime that the mainstream media doesn’t appear to be covering so much. The reported incident took place in a Miami location and it was a black customer who claimed he was basically ambushed with verbal threats and harassment simply because he was wearing a red hat that said “Make America Great Again” which is President Trump’s slogan.
The story on Fox News, which was originally by the Daily Wire, tells us that the 22-year-old Eugenior Joseph was with his girlfriend’s family in the Cheesecake Factory located at the Dadeland Mall in Florida. His hat was apparently not well appreciated, according to the Daily Wire, and the hat sparked some people to begin verbally showing their angst towards Joseph and his fellow diners. The report alleges that employees approached his table and pointed fingers at them. The report also says that people were saying horrible and insensitive things or even threatening physical action against the young man simply for wearing a hat that supports the President of the United States.
It’s one thing to peacefully disagree on things, but to harass someone over their clothes might be where some people draw the line. Of course, there’s supposed to be a level of tolerance from people, but apparently they may have left that in the dumpster if these accusations are true based on the witness accounts.
Fox News reported: “Eugenior Joseph, 22, was reportedly dining with his girlfriend’s family at the Dadeland Mall location of the restaurant on Mother’s Day. His MAGA hat allegedly drew the attention of a female staff member, who gathered her co-workers to confront him, a witness told the site. The witness further claimed about a dozen of those employees circled his table, pointing fingers.
“So then all the employees started standing there, saying things out loud, like, ‘I’m going to knock his head in so hard his hat’s going to come off,” the source said.
Other witnesses for The Daily Wire said some employees used the n-word in reference to Joseph when speaking among themselves, while another brandished his fists.
Joseph himself told The Daily Wire that one employee stood behind him, “balling his fists, smacking his fists, trying to scare me.”
At one point, Joseph claims he and his girlfriend got up to use the restroom and, upon exiting, were greeted by the employees, who were “clapping and yelling, and just screaming things at me.”
The kitchen staff also allegedly booed him as he walked by.
Joseph and his girlfriend’s family eventually left the restaurant, only to run into police waiting outside, the report says. It is unclear who called the police to the restaurant. Witnesses say the officers did not file any charges against the restaurant or employees.
The Daily Wire claims to have viewed footage and photographs that confirm the witnesses’ reports. The site also says the footage shows one young girl crying inside the restaurant, as well as Joseph’s girlfriend’s family speaking with multiple police officers who arrived at the restaurant.
The Cheesecake Factory has since released a statement regarding the incident.
“No guest should ever feel unwelcomed in one of our restaurants and we are taking this matter very seriously,” reads a statement obtained by Fox News. “Upon learning of this incident, we immediately apologized to the guests in person. The individuals involved in the incident have been suspended pending the results of our investigation.”
For Joseph, this must feel like a hate crime. He went to a Christian high school, played basketball, and now attends college. It seems like he has a good head on his shoulders and his parents did a great job raising him. Is it right for him to be constantly harassed just because of his political views?
This is very bad press for the Cheesecake Factory as it potentially alienates a large portion of the voter base. Millions of people voted for Donald Trump to become the President of the United States. Anytime an establishment frowns upon a customer for voting a specific way, then there could be a massive reaction that can often result in the business losing money when customers stop shopping there.
Every business should be open to every customer no matter who people voted for or whom they supported during the election. Someone’s choice of politics shouldn’t be an issue for a restaurant who’s priority is to serve food and drinks, not worry about politics.
This simply isn’t good news for the Cheesecake Factory to be caught up in a scandal that accuses their own employees of potential hate crimes.
This incident sure takes the heat off the previous story that Fox News did on the Cheesecake Factory where they were listed for having one of the most unhealthy meals one could order. It’s the Pasta Napoletana if you’re wondering.
What should the Cheesecake Factory do to make things right with their customers? Have you ever met anyone who was harassed for simply wearing something in a restaurant that other people didn’t like? Is it really that bad for someone to wear a red hat with a few words on it?
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