For Immediate Release: Freedom First International and Community will hold a Press Conference calling for a National Boycott Against Denny’s for Racism
On Monday afternoon (June 17, 2019) 1:00 pm-Freedom First International and community members will announce a Chicagoland Boycott against Denny’s Restaurant Chain for their repeated failure to stop the long term racial discrimination of black customers.
The organization is backing an African American female parton with children who was at a local Denny’s (Orland, Park, IL) last Wednesday and was discriminated against while with her children, the young lady will be present to tell her story.
Here is the Actual Statement from the customer:
I took my children to Denny’s in Orland Park tonight and as we were waiting to be seated a old white lady (age 30-75) looks at us and says, and I quote “eww” followed by a sigh and says “how many?” I’m like “excuse me! what did you say? She says “oh nothing” God knows I’m trying to teach my children how to handle certain situations; so I say “you know what we’ll pass odiningng in… have a nice night” she said “good go somewhere else” now at this point I’ve slightly lost my cool and cussed in my anger and we walked out.
I look back and I see this man running toward the door so I’m thinking he’s probably a Manager trying to fix the situation but unfortunately I was wrong. He yelled out “Byeeee!! We didn’t want your nigger ass here anyway” I called the police and explained what I just happened and went back inside the restaurant.
Now I am approached by a manager which whom is a black woman and she says “ Ma’am I’m sorry about that and I did speak with him” I said you spoke with him? Obviously you don’t know what was actually said” so I told her and immediately she called her boss and now the officer has arrived and I’m so pissed I’m almost in tears explaining to him what transpired.
He spoke to both managers and whatever he said on that phone made her send the both them home. After receiving a report number I drove away and he flashed his lights, so of course I stopped… he got out his car with tears in his eyes and told my children “all ppl aren’t like those assholes and I’m sorry that you guys experienced that. Have you guys ever wondered how the police lights works?” Of course they said yes 🤷🏽♀️ and he ask if it was ok for the kids check out car? I let them and they loved it. When it was all over he asked for hugs and promise the kids that he’ll make sure that those two ppl will be looking for a new job.
For the record-Denny’s has been involved in multiple discrimination lawsuits involving food servers denying or providing inferior service to racial minorities, especially black customers for years, here are some examples:
In 1994, Denny’s settled a class action lawsuit filed by black customers who had been refused service, forced to wait longer, or pay more than white customers. The $54.4 million settlement was the largest to date under federal public-accommodations laws established thirty years earlier. n another case, six black Secret Service agents assigned to President Clinton’s detail were refused a table at a Denny’s in Annapolis. Md., while their white Secret Service colleagues were seated and served.
- In 1995, a black Denny’s customer in Sacramento, California was told that he and his friends had to pay up front at the counter upon ordering their meals. He questioned the waitress: “We asked the waitress about it and she said some black guys had been in earlier who made a scene and walked out without paying their bill. So the manager now wanted all blacks to pay up front.”
- A 1993 incident occurred when six black United States Secret Service agents visited a Denny’s restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland. They were forced to wait an hour for service while their white companions were seated immediately.
- In San Jose, California, in 1994, several black teenagers were refused service unless they agreed to pay in advance.
- In 1997, six Asian-American students from Syracuse University visited a local Denny’s restaurant late at night. They waited for more than half an hour as white patrons were regularly served, seated, and offered more helpings. They complained to management and to their server but were forced to leave the establishment by two security guards called by Denny’s management. Then, according to the students, a group of white men came out of Denny’s, attacked them and shouted racial epithets. Several of the students were beaten into unconsciousness.
- After the $54.4 million settlement, Denny’s created a racial sensitivity training program for all employees. Denny’s has also made efforts at improving its public relations image by featuring African-Americans in their commercials.
- In 2014, a Denny’s location in Deming, New Mexico became subjected to a discrimination claim by an LGBT group, alleging that wait staff used homophobic slurs and refused to serve a group of gay, lesbian, and transgender customers who were attending a gay pride celebration. One year later, Denny’s agreed to donate $13,000 to Deming Pride, pay $3,250 to a female customer who was subjected to the abusive behavior by wait staff, as well as retrain employees regarding discrimination policies.
- In 2017, staff at a Denny’s in Vancouver were accused of making an Indigenous woman pay for her meal before it was served. After the customer left, restaurant staff called police to report the incident, alleging that the patron had a sharp-metal object in their pocket. Denny’s Canada responded stating that the company was conducting an internal review regarding the incident.
Bishop Gregg L.Greer-Statement on Denny’s
In poor and black communities, we will not continue to accept the “anything goes” especially when your first duty is to provide a service to us, the fact that we pay for inferior or discriminatory service is a direct insult to our community. Our Weakness is what allows more ignorance, cheapness, racism, and must not cosign to reward mistreatment from others.
Know that the black and poor community no longer has to accept being treated like third world citizens or even animals.
You must and be totally indignant to show your opposition to oppression. Afterward If they won’t treat you like a human being, the you must fight until you prevail.
Then never forget the stain on your heart and train the next the generations on what they did-so they won’t forget. Why wait for them to change, You change!
Quote (statement) from Bishop Gregg L. Greer, President of Freedom First International
RE: National Boycott against Racial Discrimination From Denny’s and other Corporations
QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ANSWERED/ PLAN OF ACTION
- The female patron will present her side of the story and how she was discriminated against.
- Freedom First President Bishop Gregg L.Greer will lay the grounds against Denny’s and explain the rational to announce a national boycott.
- Group will discuss other plans of action to call out and organize against Denny’s Corporate.
WHAT: For Immediate Release: Freedom First International and Community Members will hold a press conference calling for a National Boycott Against Denny’s Food Chain.
WHERE: Denny’s in Orland Park, IL. Freedom First will be available after the meeting for any Media. 20 Orland Square Dr, Orland Park, IL 60462 (Front).
WHO: Freedom First International, Chicago Social Justice Network, Tikkun Chai International (Humanitarian Project), Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, and a growing list of multiple community activist, Female Patron who was discriminated against.
WHY: Denny’s has accepted a policy of Racial Discrimination toward customers.
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Community and Civic Organizations, -Public interest story about activist looking to effect change on a local level against Denny’s National Food Chain.
AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist Reform against_National Food Chain with a bad history of racial discrimination.
National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident: Not Yet (New Story)
Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes
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You may also Contact Bishop Gregg L.Greer about the event at 312 833-8231
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(For National Distribution-Sent June 16, 2019) 9:40 a.m. Central