- On Monday, a group of black travellers were thrown out of a KFC in Berlin for no apparent reason
- One of the women had her phone on record the entire time and posted the incident on social media, labelling it racist
- A local apologized on behalf of the community as she was so embarrassed after watching the video
Monday saw a group of black customers been thrown out of one Of KFC’s stores in Berlin, Germany. This has brought about KFC facing racism accusations.
One of the group members took the time to video the incident and distributed it online. The video shows police officers escorting the group out of the restaurant.
As of Thursday night, the video has been viewed over 250 000 times. The caption accompanying the video, accuses Berlin authorities and KFC of racist motives.
"Racial treatment in Berlin in KFC, we were just having something to eat n chatting #racismstillexist #neverexperiencethatbefore."
The video has had a response from the Berlin’s police department. They strongly reject the accusations and on Thursday announced they will be pressing charges against the person responsible for uploading the video.
According to the police, the video has violated the officers’ privacy laws. Even though a request for comment has been requested, the woman responsible for the recording has not responded.
It did not take long for social media to express outrage over the video despite a German newspaper getting a response from KFC saying that it was not racism that triggered the incident.
According to a spokeswoman from Berlin’s police department, they did receive a call on Thursday from an employee from KFC complaining about ongoing “vandalism”.
A store worker explained to the police that arrived on the scene that there was a group of eight people refusing to leave the eatery. According to a police spokeswoman, the group were throwing food around and insulting other employees.
Briefly.co.za learnt that authorities defended their response, saying that KFC has property rights and has all the right to ask individuals to leave.
Kelon Pierre was one of the group members. The 38 year old spoke to a German Newspaper, Die Welt, giving his side of the story.
"We ordered food for 118 euros . . . Other guests around us also chatted and laughed. That's why I asked: Why are you only speaking to us?"
"We were the only black people in the restaurant and we were the only ones asked to be quieter, even though other people laughed, too."
According to the German paper, the group had come to Berlin from Britain on a tourism trip.
A request for comment on Thursday from KFC Germany was not responded to immediately.
On social media, German viewers voiced outrage and apologized to the group on behalf of their countrymen and women.
"I am German and I am pretty shocked about my fellow countrymen! Especially it makes me sad, how the people in the restaurant react. I'm sure there were a lot of people watching the scene," wrote one viewer.
A similar incident took place at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month where two African American men were arrested.
The charges were for trespassing and creating a disturbance. This was after sitting at the store without ordering a beverage or food.
The case took an unusual turn. The charges were dropped against the two men with them agreeing to a symbolic payment of $1 each. They requested that the city fund $200,000 for a grant program for high school students aspiring to become entrepreneurs instead.
The incident was also recorded on video and Starbucks response is to close 8 000 stores for one afternoon in May to conduct racial-bias training.
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