Chikesia Clemons' violent arrest at an Alabama Waffle House brought attention to the popular diner for all the wrong reasons. Now, the chain is caught up in another arrest scandal!
An unnamed black couple was arrested after dining at a Waffle House in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. A video of the incident was released and has since gone viral.
Here is the body camera footage of this outrageous wrongful arrest of a Black couple @WaffleHouse. They were arrested for theft & trespassing. They never even received the food. They were overcharged a $1.50 for an orange juice and asked to call customer service. pic.twitter.com/c7a74NhKoH— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 13, 2018
Shaun King reports the couple disputed a $1.50 orange juice charge on their receipt for a to-go order, and the grievance resulted in the establishment calling the police on them.
After the police arrived, the couple attempted to defend themselves, but the officer insisted they pay the bill or risk going to jail. The officer asked restaurant employees, “If they don’t pay their bill do you want to press charges?”
The video shows a tense confrontation between the officers and the couple, including a point where one officer pointed a gun at the male customer. As he was cuffed, the man asked the officer what he was being arrested for and the officer simply responded -- "theft."
However, as the order was to-go, the couple never consumed, or even received, any food.
Don't you dare step your foot into a @WaffleHouse again. Do you hear me?
Let me give you the facts here.
1. This couple never even received their food
2. It was a to-go order
3. They disputed a $1.50 charge on the receipt
4. Waffle House called the police - who arrested them. pic.twitter.com/PLXog5WDTO— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 13, 2018
No, this Black couple didn't eat and refuse to pay.
They never even ate. They never received their food.
That's why the charges were dropped. It's not theft.
They simply wanted clarity on why they were overcharged a $1.50.
Weapons drawn. Brutal arrests.
$1.50. https://t.co/WI3yKPxUuq— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 13, 2018