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Teens asked to prepay their meal at IHOP

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(CNN)An IHOP restaurant in Maine retrained its employees after a waitress asked a group of black teens to prepay for a meal.

The eatery in Auburn, about 40 miles north of Portland, closed on Thursday for employee training and the waitress was disciplined, according to IHOP spokeswoman Stephanie Peterson.
The controversy started over the weekend after a waitress at the restaurant asked a group of black teenagers to pay for their meal beforehand.
This was witnessed by a person at a nearby table who wrote about it on Facebook.

"I heard them order their food, and they were respectful and were not loud or rude etc. We paid and sat there for a few minutes and I heard an employee tell the table that they were going to need to pay upfront and that it was 'a new generation thing,' Avery Gagne, who is white, wrote in his post, which was shared thousands of times. "I called over the group and asked them if they were seriously being asked to pay upfront and they said yes. So my father, mother and I stood up and began to question why this was happening."
Gagne went on to write that he felt the teens' race was an issue because the waitress immediately brought it up when trying to explain the situation.
"The woman took it upon herself to make this group of teens pay for their meal upfront because she considered them 'high risk.' I don't care who has walked out on your establishment. That does not give you the right to determine who you believe is going to or not," Gagne wrote. "My parents and I did not pay upfront for our meal, none of the tables around us prepaid for their meals. The fact that she stated 'it's not because of their color' proves it all."
The restaurant's management took to social media, too, and offered an apology.
"Everyone has been made aware of these inexcusable actions and reminded how we handle matters correctly in the future," read the post on IHOP Auburn ME's Facebook page. "We have rectified the situation and can guarantee this is not what we condone to go on within our restaurant."
The waitress' actions weren't racially motivated, manager Melvin Escobar told the Sun Journal newspaper, and added that the restaurant had been having problems with teens walking out of the restaurant without paying for their meals.
IHOP President Darren Rebelez also apologized, saying in a statement to CNN that the restaurant chain has "zero tolerance for actions that are or allude to discrimination of any type."


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For shits and giggles let’s just think it really has nothing to do with race and everything to do with teens.

Would you be okay with restaurants expecting teens to prepay their meal to prevent them from walking out without paying?
Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 16, 2018 at 9:53 AM
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carterscutie85
by Queen Bee on Mar. 16, 2018 at 9:58 AM
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I can understand wanting teenagers to prepay for things, especially if that area has an issue with teens scamming them.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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This. But of course it has to be made about race

Quoting carterscutie85:

I can understand wanting teenagers to prepay for things, especially if that area has an issue with teens scamming them.

carterscutie85
by Queen Bee on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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Sadly that is everyone's go-to. When we follow known shoplifters at work they scream we are racist lol. What's sad is that just makes it to where when something really is racist no one will take you seriously cause that's what you always say.

Quoting Anonymous 2: This. But of course it has to be made about race
Quoting carterscutie85:



81Crystal
by Emerald Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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It wouldn't be okay unless every customer had to do the same.
jws120567
by Platinum Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:04 AM
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She shouldn't have done it, but I get it.  Teens have been known to pull "eat-n-dash" on restaurants everywhere for decades.  She's frustrated, and that's understandable.  But maybe she should have run that little policy change idea past her manager first.  I don't judge people by their skin color, but I know others do, maybe she should have pulled that crap on white kids rather than black kids, make her motives a little less obvious.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:07 AM
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She probably has done it to white kids but nobody threw a tantrum over it
81Crystal
by Emerald Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:09 AM
It's not a practical idea. What's the cutoff age? The only way to enforce it would be carding customers. I wouldn't eat somewhere that carded customers for food purchases.
fallenangel_353
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:12 AM
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I would like to know if white kids have been asked to prepay before having an opinion.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:13 AM
If this location has a high rate of people not paying they need to change the general policy and require all patrons to prepay. It really shouldn’t be a servers call on who is “high risk” or not, and I doubt she was expected to by management.
readyforhim
by Emerald Member on Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:13 AM
The manager makes the decision, not her.

If customers didn't know she was doing it or why, then race is the issue.
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