The IHOP eating place chain will shut a Maine franchise Thursday for an afternoon of group of workers retraining after a waitress there requested a bunch of black youngsters to pay for his or her foods prematurely, the corporate mentioned.
“IHOP and our franchisees have 0 tolerance for movements which can be or allude to discrimination of any sort,” corporate president Darren Rebelez mentioned in a commentary.
“The franchisee of this location is operating to touch the affected visitors immediately to say sorry for this incident and are taking suitable disciplinary movements in step with their HR insurance policies.”
Melvin Escobar, who manages the Auburn, Maine, location, mentioned it has encountered youngsters prior to now who ate with out paying for his or her foods, The Related Press reported.
However that’s no excuse for asking someone to pay first, Escobar advised the AP, including “that is the primary time it took place, and that would be the ultimate time.”
Rebelez, the IHOP president, echoed that sentiment, announcing in his commentary, “this remoted incident isn’t reflective of that ongoing dedication” to “create a heat and hospitable eating enjoy for all visitors.”
California-based IHOP, whose guardian corporate, Dine Manufacturers World, additionally franchises Applebees’s eating places, began within the Los Angeles suburbs 60 years in the past because the World Area of Pancakes.