- A 22-year-old customer says that he was harassed and threatened by employees at The Cheesecake Factory for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
- The customer was reportedly yelled at and threatened, with Cheesecake Factory employees allegedly saying things such as “I’m going to knock his head in so hard his hat’s going to come off.”
- The Cheesecake Factory announced on Wednesday that the two workers who “made disparaging remarks” are “no longer employed with the company.”
Cheesecake Factory workers have been ousted from the chain after an incident in which a customer says he was harassed by roughly a dozen employees for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Conservative news website The Daily Wire reports that a 22-year-old named Eugenior Joseph was targeted by Cheesecake Factory employees for wearing a MAGA hat. According to The Daily Wire, roughly a dozen workers at a Miami, Florida location approached Joseph, who was dining with his girlfriend’s family, and began making comments about the hat.
“All the employees started standing there, saying things out loud, like, ‘I’m going to knock his head in so hard his hat’s going to come off,” a witness told The Daily Wire.
Joseph told the publication: “He got behind me and another coworker came by and they were staring at each other and he fist bumped him and then he started looking at me, balling his fists, smacking his fists, trying to scare me.”
The Daily Wire reported that employees also yelled at and booed Joseph when he walked to the bathroom. The incident was so upsetting, one witness said, that an “elderly woman who was present had to take medication to calm herself down.”
The incident sparked backlash on social media.
Think Cheescake Factory will close all their stores for a day of race sensitivity training for EVERY EMPLOYEE at a cost of $16 million like Starbucks? Using the left’s warped logic, the fact that he’s a @realDonaldTrump supporter negates his blackness. https://t.co/FUz1IlnKml
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) May 15, 2018
Cheesecake Factory is being blatantly racist! This is worse than Starbucks!
— Austen Fletcher (@fleccas) May 15, 2018
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) May 15, 2018
The Cheesecake Factory said in a statement on Wednesday that the two workers who “made disparaging remarks about Mr. Joseph’s hat that made him and his family feel unwelcome” are “no longer employed with the company.”
All guests should always feel welcome in our restaurants. The recent incident in one of our Miami restaurants fell short of our standards, and we apologize to the guest and his family. Two individuals are no longer employed by the company, and we are continuing to investigate. pic.twitter.com/gbrh1Ok8iC
— Cheesecake Factory (@Cheesecake) May 16, 2018
“No guest should ever feel unwelcome in one of our restaurants and we are very sorry,” the company said in a statement. “Our investigation is ongoing and we have reached out to Mr. Joseph directly to ask for this assistance.”
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