US restaurant manager fired after calling police to supervise group of black women paying their bills

Tom Powell
40 members of a historic US sorority had been dining at Bahama Breeze in Cleveland, Ohio: Google

A US restaurant manager has been fired after calling the police to supervise a group of black women while they paid their bills.

Forty members of a sorority – a student society – had dined at Caribbean restaurant Bahama Breeze in Cleveland, Ohio, when they encountered problems at the end of the meal.

Chante Spencer claimed the group of 40 had suffered from poor service, with one woman threatening to leave after waiting 25 minutes for her bill.

The restaurant boss reacted by calling the police and asking them to make sure every member of the group paid.

“Police were standing there to make sure everyone paid, which we felt was racial profiling,” Ms Spencer told Cleveland.com.

"I am hoping that Bahama Breeze looks at this very carefully and alters policies and does some more training," she added.

“You cannot make assumptions that people are going to commit a crime based on how they look."

The women were part of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, a group of more than 300,000 college graduates which focusses on helping the African-American community.

A spokesperson for Darden Restaurants, which owns Bahama Breeze, told Newsweek: “We clearly fell short of delivering great service to our guests.

"The manager involved no longer works for us because they mistreated a guest, which is inconsistent with our values.

“We have spoken with several members of the party to personally apologise and invite them back in order to provide an exceptional Bahama Breeze experience."