When a group of 25 African-American restaurant patrons were kicked out of a Wild Wing Cafe in Charelston, S.C., for no good reason other than that a white patron felt “threatened,” some members of the group posted about the incident on Facebook, the story went viral and received national coverage — including on Opposing Views.
Now a woman claiming to be an employee of the restaurant says there is another side to the story, and that the group was acting “loud an obnoxious” and repeatedly used the word “n---er,” which offended other diners who were seated within earshot.
The woman, however, would not allow her name to be used when she contacted Radio Facts, a website and self-described “aggressive online marketing and promotions company” targeting the radio and music industries.
The site had earlier run its version of the story on the patrons’ ejection from Wild Wing, which happened on July 31.
As quoted by Radio Facts, the anonymous informant claimed that it was the group of African-Americans who “made this a racial issue before anything.” The woman told the website that the group acted abusively toward other patrons and restaurant staff, alleging that “one of the guests also insulted a deaf white girl because she didn’t respond to one of them telling her to move.”
The reason the group waited more than two hours to be seated was simply that the restaurant had only one area capable of accommodating such a large party and other patrons in that section had not finished eating.
However, an organizer of the large group, Michael Brown, said that his group called ahead to inform the restaurant that his group of 25 would be arriving and in need of seating. When they arrived, he told the web site NewsOne, they waited 45 minutes before receiving an update, at which time a staff member told them simply, “we’re working on it.”
After another 45 minutes, according to Brown, his group was told, “we almost got it ready.” When another half-hour passed, Brown said his group spotted a large, empty table and asked the Wild Wing manager if they could be seated there.
At that time, the manager said, “that customer over there feels threatened by you guys and she asked that you not be seated by her.” The customer was a white woman.
The anonymous woman who spoke with Radio Facts gave a different version.
“The customer that was offended was offended by a particular individual’s constant uses of the word “n---er.” When asked to stop, he threw out a long string of racial epithets against one of my co-workers.”
Debra Stokes, a marketing manager for Wild Wing, told WNEM News earlier that Brown and his group were “regular customers” and that the restaurant had apologized to them. She made no mention of unruly behavior by the group.
SOURCES: Radio Facts (2), NewsOne, WNEM