The Waffle House is, as soon as once more, at the middle of controversy after a Black couple was arrested following a dispute over an orange juice cost that received out of hand.
The couple, Donald Copeland and Ms. Hart, positioned an order for pick-up at the Florida restaurant, arriving earlier than their meal was prepared. Whereas ready, the couple ordered a glass of orange juice, listed on the menu as costing $1.00. When the invoice arrived, they had been charged $2.50, and refused to pay the extra $1.50, in response to the video.
Whereas the couple tried to name a company 1-800 quantity to dispute the cost, workers known as the police, claiming the male patron was “being irate screaming and cussing,” in response to TheState.
The worker later informed police that the juice would’ve been $1.00 in the event that they bought one other beverage, however they solely had water, so the low cost didn’t apply. He additionally informed police he needed to press prices if the pair didn’t pony up the remaining $1.50.
Physique cam footage reveals the couple talking with police for nearly 30 minutes. After some verbal exchanges between officers and the couple, a Waffle House worker could be heard saying, “They should pay for his or her meals.”
As exchanges continued, one officer pulls out a stun gun and tells Copeland, “When you don’t pay your invoice you’re going to jail.” He then proceeded to handcuff each Copeland and Hart, with Hart sobbing, “I didn’t do nothing flawed.”
Take a look at the video beneath.
Right here is the physique digital camera footage of this outrageous wrongful arrest of a Black couple @WaffleHouse. They had been arrested for theft & trespassing. They by no means even obtained the meals. They had been overcharged a $1.50 for an orange juice and requested to name customer support. pic.twitter.com/c7a74NhKoH
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 13, 2018
The couple was launched after agreeing to pay the invoice and by no means return to that Waffle House once more.
“The themes had been later supplied the chance to pay for his or her order, which they accepted. Due to this fact, (they) had been launched with out felony prices,” learn the police report.
Whereas Hart paid the invoice, the video reveals the second officer telling Copeland “I’m doing you a favor by not taking you to jail proper now.”