Restaurant manager fired for hurling racial slurs at Black man in viral video
Antuan Clark and his sister were the victims of a racist attack by the manager of a Subway store in Birmingham, Alabama. The video of the altercation became viral in no time.
In the two-minute clip, which contains strong language and violence, Clark’s sister was portrayed in the middle of the store with a clearly concerned face while her brother and the manager of that Subway were arguing.
Even though the video doesn’t reveal the reason for the fight, WBRC reported that Clark went to the store to pay a visit to his sister on her first day at work. However, April Epperson, the manager, considered that he was a distraction and asked him to leave.
The confrontation got heated, and Epperson ended up firing Clark’s sister. He then started recording the manager calling the police to report the situation. At some point, Epperson took Clark’s phone off his hand and apparently threw it somewhere as the camera briefly went black.
Later, a customer tried to help Epperson telling Clark to leave the store, but as they were all walking out, Clark told them that all of them were in the video.
PUSHING THEM OUT
The manager went to the door and pushed them out and, once they were outside, she called Clark the N-word and shut the doors. The video ended soon after that, but the incident was far from over.
TELLING HER SIDE OF THE STORY
Epperson was fired shortly after that altercation, but WBRC interviewed her, and she revealed that Clark punched her in the face when she pushed him out. She added that the N-word was the only thing that came out of her mouth and that she was sorry for it. Epperson added that if the white person would have done the same, he would have been called that way, too.
APOLOGIZING FOR THE N-WORD
"I said the wrong word. I'm sorry for it. I am taking my punishment and I'm walking away from it. I get that I screwed up. I'm a big girl. I can handle it. But I can't handle being called racist on national television over a slip up," said Epperson, who kept apologizing and pointed out that she even has African-American family members.
While unfortunate, it is not the first racist incident that takes place at a restaurant. This time, the victim was 26-year-old waitress Jasmine Brewer, who didn’t get a tip but an awful note.
After serving a family of white people, she went to their table after they left to take the checkbook and get her tip. However, she found a note that read: “we DON’T tip black people.” Soon after that, the restaurant released a statement defending Brewer and pointing out that such racist acts were unacceptable.
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