Wild Wing Cafe, an establishment in Charleston, South Carolina, kicked out 25 African-American customers because a white woman said she felt threatened, according to reports.
Michael Brown, whose family waited for around two hours before getting into the restaurant, told WCSC that staff at Wild Wings told him “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.”
He added, “Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before.”
Brown said he and his family were at the establishment to celebrate his cousin’s final day in Charleston, S.C.
He continued, “I asked her I want to be clear with you. I said so you’re telling me I have to leave. 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.”
Mike London, who was among the group forced to leave, went on Facebook to recall his story.
“This type of racial discrimination is un acceptable [sic] and we have to put a STOP TO IT. The manager looked me dead in the face and said she was refusing us service because she had a right to and simply she felt like it. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ESTABLISHMENT… PLEASE SHARE THIS POST.. We need your help,” he wrote.
The Facebook account of Wild Wings was slammed with criticism after the news emerged.
“I’m pullin’ for your company to have to go before the bankrupcy court or better yet the Department of Justice,” wrote one Facebook user.
“We started the Boycott wil;d Wings page yesterday around noontime and have over 1000 likes so far. Let’s send them a message!” wrote the Boycott Wild Wing Cafe page.
It didn’t appear to offer a statement about the incident on its page.