A 22-year-old black man took to social media to claim that he was harassed and intimidated by Cheesecake Factory employees on Mother’s Day.
Because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat to show his support for Donald J. Trump.
Eugenior Joseph is a proud Trump supporter.
According to Joseph’s claims and testimony from multiple witnesses who spoke to The Daily Wire, he was wearing his hat while in the Cheesecake Factory.
This drew some very negative attention from a number of employees at the Dadeland Mall restaurant, starting with one woman who pointed out the hat to her coworkers.
“Her finger was literally on top of his head, we were all looking at her like ‘what is happening?'”
“She was pointing at him, calling her other coworkers, telling them to look at this guy wearing a Make America Great Again hat.”
According to the astounding report, as many as a dozen other employees came over.
“So then 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.”
Reportedly, some of the employees used the n-word in reference to Joseph, though it is unknown whether or not these employees who allegedly used that term were African American or not.
Joseph says that one employee in particular seemed ready to fight.
“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.”
Joseph says that the alleged harassment became worse.
“I got up and went to the restroom, my girlfriend followed me, and as we were walking back, a group of [the employees] came out from the back and they just started clapping and yelling, and just screaming things at me.”
It is reported that a manager followed Joseph and his companions out of the restaurant, where they were told that some employees had admitted what they had done, and that at least one of them had been sent home.
Police arrived to take statements.
The Miami-Dade police report notes that someone allegedly threatened to knock off Joseph’s hat.
They did conclude that no threats were made and that no physical altercation took place. That is good.
Joseph believes that he was singled out because he is a black man who supports Trump, which invites parallels to Kanye West’s “MAGA” controversy.
Conservative commentators and provocateurs are, of course, all over this story.
Alethea Rowe, Senior Director of Public Relations at The Cheesecake Factory, issued a statement:
“No guest should ever feel unwelcomed in one of our restaurants and we are taking this matter very seriously.”
“Upon learning of this incident, we immediately apologized to the guests in person.”
“We are conducting an investigation and will take the appropriate corrective action.”
Some have expressed doubts as to whether or not this event, which seems to defy belief, took place.
But we should consider that it is possible and that, with multiple witnesses supporting Joseph’s claims, it is possible that the Cheesecake Factory will confirm the story once their investigation is concluded.
Some argue that verbal harassment is automatically invited when someone wears a deliberately controversial symbol like a Confederate flag or a MAGA hat.
But no matter where your stance may fall on Trump or his supporters, most of us can agree that restaurant employees should not be harassing someone.