- Jul 2011
- becoming more and more
It started about 10 minutes before closing time on a Thursday night. A group of about a half-dozen young black men walked in, chatting loudly among themselves while aiming smartphone cameras at Chipotle employees.
"They're back," one of Moran's colleagues told her as the men streamed into the food line.
Moran recognized two of them. Only two days before, she said, their credit cards had been declined when they lined up to pay. She had also been warned about them not paying before, and seen video footage of them "dining and dashing." They had ordered their food in the takeout line, given the cashier a credit card, then dashed with their food after the card was declined.
"You gotta' pay 'cause you never have money when you come in," Moran told them.
The men erupted in indignation. At least one started recording.
"She's making crazy accusations."
"We got no money."
She was falsely accused of being racist in a video that went viral. Then some on the internet came to her rescue - CNN
just posting this story because it's so heartbreaking. That's all. They were declined service because of their previous behavior. It had nothing to do with being black. These things do happen. Where people take advantage of legitimate claims of racism in order to excuse their own behavior. We need to acknowledge that. There's nothing wrong with admitting that sometimes it does happen. It doesn't mean that we need to automatically assume that any and all accusations of racism are suspect. Just that we need to reserve judgement until we have all the facts in each individual case. Or, at the very least, be willing to change our positions accordingly when new facts are revealed.