Restaurant apologizes after server told African-American teens to pay first before eating

Image: Facebook/IHOP Auburn ME

Avery Gagne of Monmouth, Maine was just having dinner with his parents at a branch of an IHOP restaurant in Auburn last March 12 when he witnessed racism with his very eyes.

Upon finishing their meal, Gagne saw a group of African American teenagers come inside IHOP and sit across the room from them. As they ordered their food, Gagne heard an employee tell the African American teens at their table that they would have to pay upfront before eating.

“We paid and sat there for a few minutes and I heard an employee tell the table that they were going to need to pay upfront and that it was a ‘new generation thing,’” shared Gagne on his Facebook account two days ago. “I kept thinking to myself that I have been to many restaurants with my teenage friends and…

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