An African-American man was verbally assaulted by staff at a Florida Cheesecake Factory—because he was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat.
Eugenior Joseph 22, told the “Daily Wire” he was dining with his girlfriend’s family on Mother’s Day at the restaurant in Miami’s Dadeland Mall. A female staff member saw his “MAGA” hat—and gathered other staff to confront him.
According to a witness at another table, who also talked to the “Daily Wire,” about a dozen employees descended on Joseph’s table to scold him.
“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,” the witness said.
Other witnesses also said that the employees also used racial obscenities like the n-word.
Joseph added that one employee was “balling his fists, smacking his fists, trying to scare me.” Joseph also claimed that his girlfriend was hassled by employees as she used the restroom.
The Cheesecake Factory responded with a statement, saying, 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.”
The restaurant later confirmed that those involved have been suspended while they investigate Joseph’s claims.