Cops Called On Group Of Black People During Birthday Celebration After Waitress Gets 'Overwhelmed'
The group was contracted to be in the space.
February 14, 2019 at 11:40 pm
A chef and father of two and his birthday guests were kicked out of a Missouri restaurant by police, despite not having created any disturbances.
Terrence Dickerson invited around 30 of his closest friends and family to Blue Sky Tower Grill in Richmond Heights. Fox 2 Now reports that Dickerson, who is also a recording artist, looked forward to a night with his loved ones.
Dickerson signed a contract which confirmed each customer would be issued separate checks for their food and drink purchases, with an additional 20 percent gratuity.
The celebration turned sour after his attendees began to notice they were no longer being serviced.
“She left and never came back,” said Dickerson. “Everybody was wondering where [their food] was. The next message we get is the police want y'all to leave.”
The party's waitress reportedly refused to continue serving the party, claiming to have been "overwhelmed" by the large group. The restaurant later called the police to report a possible disturbance. Approximately eight officers arrived on the scene where no crime had taken place.
“We wanted to have a good time and a birthday celebration, [and] they treated us like we weren’t supposed to be there," Dickerson said, according to Raw Story. “It made us feel like a criminal. It made me feel like we were breaking the law, and we were not.”
Luckily, the police were able to see through the nonsense.
“We quickly found out that it wasn’t a disturbance, just a misunderstanding over how the group would be billed; if it would be one check or an individual check," said Police Chief Doug Schaeffler. "When we arrived, the restaurant came to an agreement and was working with the group.”
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But the damage had already been done. Dickerson's friend and party guest Hofton Nelson said the incident was "very embarrassing."
"I looked out and noticed like 6 or 7 more cops, like 8 total," said Nelson. "I asked if any laws were broken or is there a reason you should be here. The police said they were [told] that a group of 30 did not want to pay, and I said that is not true. We were still trying to get our food."
Dickerson, as well as his friends and family, all believe that the restaurant assumed the group wasn't capable of paying because they were all Black. Even with the dispute controlled, the group was asked to form a single-file line to pay their bills before being asked to leave the establishment, ending their party prematurely.
"The police told everybody that we had to go upstairs because it was a bad look on the establishment," Nelson continued. "But like I told him, the fact that you have a Black party of 30 -- which were all contracted to be up here -- it looks bad because you have 8 police officers out here with no laws being broken."
The incident was recorded online and quickly spread to local news outlets.
"I would like for them to apologize for the service and for leaving us up there without communicating with us," Dickerson said in an interview with Fox 2.
Owners of Blue Sky Tower Grill later released a statement apologizing for the seemingly racially motivated incident.
“Unfortunately, we are currently out of town and unable to return until Monday, February 18, 2019,” the statement read. “In the meantime, we have been in communication with the customer and have agreed to return the $100.00 facility fee."
"We have also apologized to the customer for any inconvenience or dissatisfaction," it continued. "Likewise, we apologize to all of the guests who were inconvenienced last Saturday evening."
“We always try our best to meet our customer’s expectations," it continued. "Apparently we did not do so in this case. We are sorry this incident happened.”
Dickerson received a $100 refund from the restaurant for his troubles.
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