I can’t ever remember a time when someone wearing an Obama or Hillary clothing item was viciously attacked in a public setting just for wearing it.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case these days, with President Trump in office. I literally have to think about my safety every time I wear a Trump-related shirt or hat out in public, and the story below proves exactly why you should be thinking about it as well…
Fox News reports:
The Cheesecake Factory is investigating an incident at one of its Miami locations after a black customer claims he was verbally attacked by staff over his “Make America Great Again” hat, The Daily Wire reports.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Cheesecake Factory Employees Attack Black Man For Wearing MAGA Hat https://t.co/m6HvEICTD6
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) May 15, 2018
“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 unwelcome 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.”
The Cheesecake Factory also issued the same statement in a Twitter response to Ann Coulter.
No guest should ever feel unwelcome in one of our restaurants and we are taking this matter very seriously. Upon learning of this incident, we immediately apologized to the guests in person. The individuals involved have been suspended pending the results of our investigation.
— Cheesecake Factory (@Cheesecake) May 15, 2018