October 24, 2018

Dunkin' Donuts crew calls police on Somali model for speaking native language in viral video

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Hamdia Ahmed, a 20-year-old Somali student in Portland, Maine, went to the drive-thru of a Dunkin’ Donuts store when one of the employees called the police on them.

As NBC News reported, Hamdia and her family were speaking in their native language inside of the car while waiting for the employee to take their order. Soon after that, the worker asked Hamdia to “stop yelling.”

The student activist pointed out that they were not yelling but speaking Somali. Later, she used her phone to record the rest of the argument and posted it on Twitter, making it viral in no time.



In the video, Hamdia asked the Dunkin’s worker if she would disrespect her just because she and her family were speaking a different language, but the employee replied that it had nothing to do with it.



Later, the worker said: "you can leave. I don’t want to hear it. I’m done with it. You can leave or I will call the cops.” Hamdia got into the store to see if she could resolve the issue, but things kept going wrong.



Five minutes after the initial incident, the police arrived and issued Hamdia a no-trespassing notice, banning her from visiting the same store for a year. The reason cited in the notice was “disturbance – yelling at staff.”


The student told NBC that she asked her brother, who is also black, to stay in the car because she was afraid of what the police might have done him. “As a black man in America, you never know what’s going to happen.”


Dave DaRosa, the owner of the store, met with Hamdia and her family to apologize for the problem and admitted that his staff would get better training to prevent similar issues in the future. The video might contain strong language.



Unfortunately, it is not the first time that someone calls the police on a black individual for no apparent reason as Corey Lewis was babysitting two white children when an unnamed woman called the police on him as she believed there was something wrong.

After Lewis assured the lady that they were fine, she came back and asked to speak to the children. Lewis denied her request, so the woman dialed 911 and followed him. The police later contacted the children’s family, and they told them that the man was hired to take care of the children and that there was nothing wrong about it, so they left without filing a report.


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