Police in Missouri says they’ve opened a criminal investigation after a sign appeared outside a Popeyes restaurant claiming it would ‘refuse service to white people.
A sign announcing that Popeyes was ‘under new management’ and reserve the right to refuse service to white people has been removed.
A police investigation found it had been put up by a prankster, but not an employee of the restaurant chain. The company's CCTV footage suggests no one entered or left its doors on Wednesday with any signs in hand - nor did anyone appear carrying them when filmed on Tuesday night before 11 pm., according to KMOV 4 News St Louis affiliate KMOX-TV station "Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen".
The popular fried chicken restaurant was forced to close after a message on the marquee sign about ‘reserved parking for whites’ caused an outcry. Posts quickly bubbled up on social media, with one person writing: "What is going on at your store? Please advise this is utter BS." Another commented simply: "Wow!"
In a statement, Popeyes said:
We have been made aware of the situation and are investigating the matter immediately.
This type of behavior does not align with our brand values and we take such allegations very seriously. The franchise is cooperating with local authorities regarding this ongoing investigation.
The Lake St. Louis police are looking into the possibility that a vandal scrawled obscene messages on the drive-thru menu of an Italian restaurant in early May; but there's no evidence to suggest it was racially motivated, according to The Kansas City Star report.
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