Some Donald Trump supporters were treated with some unwelcome discrimination following a Donald Trump rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday night. The group of Donald Trump supporters reportedly “expected some push back” from protesters after they attended the rally to support their chosen presidential candidate. What they didn’t expect, according to the Donald Trump supporters, was to be treated like second-class citizens when they stopped for dinner after the Trump rally attired in Republican candidate’s gear.
As WTVR reports, the Donald Trump supporters were decked out in their finest when they walked up to the window at the Cook Out on Boulevard in Colonial Heights to place their dinner order of burgers and shakes. According to reports and shared photos, the group was wearing Donald Trump hats and T-shirts.
The Donald Trump supporters, identified as Shannon Riggs and her cousins, say that when they got to the ordering window at the restaurant, they realized their experience at the restaurant was not going to be a good one. And the reason they were poorly treated, according to the group, was because they were clearly Donald Trump supporters.
Shannon Riggs says that when they got to the window, the trouble began for the group of Donald Trump supporters.
“As soon as we got to the window, someone inside said ‘Hell no! I’m not serving them.”
Shannon Riggs further alleges that the situation at the restaurant got even more uncomfortable for the Donald Trump supporters when other employees in the restaurant could be heard mocking them inside the restaurant.
“Everyone was laughing and giggling.”
Riggs said that it took several minutes of discussion behind the window before the orders of the group of Donald Trump supporters were eventually taken by unwilling and disdainful employees of the Cook Out restaurant. According to the Donald Trump supporter, after their orders were taken, there was another uncomfortable moment for the group.
Riggs told the media that an employee called out an to alert customers that an order was ready. However, when a member of the group of Donald Trump supporters went to the pickup window to grab the food, she was told, “Oh not for you!”
According to the Donald Trump supporter, she doesn’t support discrimination based on a person’s political candidate of choice.
“You should not be discriminated based on who you support, whether it be Bernie, Hillary or Mr. Trump.”
The Donald Trump supporter declined to comment on why she believes a candidate who has built his campaign platform on discriminating against people who disagree with him or who are unlike him in some way is worthy of the vote of even a single American citizen.
Ultimately, Riggs said she canceled her order at the establishment and asked for the business’s corporate phone number so that she could report what she felt was discriminatory treatment against herself and her fellow Donald Trump supporters.
The group of Donald Trump supporters did receive a full refund from the restaurant. One of the members of the group of Donald Trump supporters said that the experience has left a lasting impression upon her. Lauren Wolfrey, a 16-year-old cousin of Shannon Riggs, had the following to say about the experience.
“Once you witness [discrimination] first hand, it’s a totally different experience. I was in a state of shock.”
Even though she felt that she’d been discriminated against, the young Donald Trump supporter said that she didn’t want to see any employees lose their jobs over the incident. However, she felt that employees needed a refresher course in common courtesy.
“They had this sense of anger. They were just really rude to us.”
A spokesperson for the Cook Out restaurant responded publicly to the allegations of discrimination levied by the Donald Trump supporters.
“Cook Out is, and always has been, a politically neutral company. We welcome all customers regardless of political affiliation. Regarding the refusal of service at our Colonial Heights location, the situation has been resolved and was resolved that night per Cook Out policy.”
To be fair, even the group of Donald Trump supporters didn’t allege that they had been denied service at the establishment outright. One employee refused to serve them because of their political affiliation, but another stepped up and took their order.
What do you think? Is it appropriate to refuse to serve someone because of their political affiliation? Do you think that this group of Donald Trump supporters got a taste of the discrimination that their candidate has built his campaign upon?
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