A restaurant is being accused of racism, after refusing to allow a black boy to dine because of his outfit.
While staff refused serve to the black boy, they were happy to let a white boy wearing a similar outfit eat at the outlet.
The restaurant owners have apologised as a result of the incident and committed to better staff training.
Restaurant accused of racism
Marcia Grant took her son to the Ouzo Bay Restaurant in Baltimore.
However, staff refused them entry because of the restaurant’s dress code.
Ms Grant filmed the incident, and can be heard on video saying:
“So we want to eat and they’re telling me my son can’t eat here because there’s no athletic wear.
He’s 9. And there’s kids out there with tennis shoes on.”
Her son can been seen wearing black sneakers, athletic shorts and a T-shirt.
A staff member tells Ms Grant, “Unfortunately, we do have a dress code”.
Then Ms Grant turns the camera to an outdoor eating area and films a white boy dressed the same way as her boy.
When asked about the double standard, the staff member failed to give Ms Grant an adequate explanation.
WATCH THE INCIDENT HERE:
Video goes viral
Ms Grant posted the video on Instagram, and it subsequently went viral.
In the caption below the post, Ms Grant wrote:
“I have faced racism time and time again, but it’s hard AF, when you have to see your child upset because he knows he’s being treated different than a white child!”
Restaurant owners apologise
Atlas Restaurant Group, which owns Ouzo Bay where the incident took place, said what happened is “disturbing”.
In a statement posted on Twitter, they said:
“We are sickened by this incident and we sincerely apologise to Marcia Grant, her son and everyone impacted by this painful experience.
“They deserved better.”
Additionally, the company has confirmed it sacked two managers involved in the incident.
And furthermore, the restaurant’s dress code policy has been revised so that children under 12, who are accompanied by an adult, are not subjected to one.
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan says race discrimination is unlawful in Australia.
“If this incident happened in Australia, the mother would have had a strong claim for race discrimination,” he said.
“You cannot have one rule for someone, and another for someone else based on the colour of their skin.”
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