Welp… if you’re planning on visiting a Waffle House any time soon, you might want to brush up on their company policies. Apparently, asking for clarification about charges for plastic utensils can land you in a jail cell. At least, that’s what happened to Chikesia Clemons, an Alabama woman who was aggressively handled by police back in April.
A video of Clemons’ arrest went viral as a video shortly after news broke. In it, her breasts were exposed and a police officer even threatens to break her arm.
Despite the severity of the incident, Waffle House suggested police involvement was necessary in a statement, because of Clemons’ and a friend’s “rowdy” and potentially alcohol-induced behavior.
— Waffle House News (@WaffleHouseNews) April 23, 2018
It’s safe to say that statement wasn’t cutting it. The good Rev. Al Sharpton took a trip down to Mobile, Alabama to speak to community leaders and police about the arrest earlier this month. He ultimately called for a boycott of Waffle House, but was met with minimal response.
Sharpton threatened, “If you don’t respect our women, don’t expect our dollars.” Now that Clemons is officially being arrested, it might be time to take cents and dollars. According to a Nielsen study, “Black Impact: Consumer Categories Where African Americans Move Markets”, black Americans spend only make up 14% of the nation’s population, but spend more than 1.2 trillion dollars a year. Black dollars predict trends in several influential markets, including fashion, beauty, and entertainment.
If we can protest Starbucks, maybe it’s time to say goodbye to Waffle House too?