A Cook Out restaurant has issued an official apology to a family of Donald Trump supporters after reports surfaced that they refused to serve them because of their political affiliation.
According to the Washington Times, Shannon Riggs and her younger cousins stopped at the popular barbecue chain restaurant called Cook Out on their way home from a Trump rally held nearby in Richmond, Virginia.
While still wearing their pro-Trump gear including t-shirts and hats with the infamous slogan “Make America Great Again” written on them, they attempted to place a food order but were refused and allegedly mocked and ridiculed by employees.
“I will never, ever go to the Cook Out in Colonial Heights ever again,” Riggs reportedly wrote on Facebook.
“How unprofessional from a business establishment. It's a crying shame you can't support who you want, because of uneducated, stupid, ignorant people act the way they did tonight.”
Riggs claims that three different employees refused to serve them before their order was finally taken.
When Riggs’ 16-year-old cousin, Lauren Wolfrey, went to collect their food, an employee allegedly shouted “Oh, not for you!” and refused to hand over the meals.
“By that time I had enough,” Riggs recounted. “I went and knocked on the window and said, ‘I don't want any food from here. Give my cousin her money back and give me your corporate office number.’”
A spokesperson for the chain has since spoken out and said that Cook Out, “is, and always has been, a politically neutral company.”
“We welcome all customers regardless of political affiliation. Regarding the refusal of service at our Colonial Heights location, the situation has been resolved and was resolved that night per Cook Out policy.”
While discrimination is wrong on all accounts, there is something to be said about the clear divide throughout the country that Trump has created.
No political candidate in recent history has infuriated people to this degree and stirred so much tension among people — not even Sarah Palin’s train-wreck of a campaign back in 2008 alongside Sen. John McCain caused this much friction.
A bit of irony from this incident is the fact that Wolfrey expressed her shock after enduring the ordeal and told local reporters, “Once you witness [discrimination] firsthand, it’s a totally different experience.”
Imagine that, someone who supports a notorious bigot and divisive figure recognizes how terrible it feels to be discriminated against.