INDEPENDENCE, MO -- A St. Louis woman claims she was racially profiled at an Independence Applebee's when, she says, she and a friend were accused of leaving without paying their bill during a previous visit.
In a statement, the chain says, "We recognize the hurt and pain caused by the recent incident at an Applebee's restaurant in Independence, Mo.
About an hour into their meal, members of the restaurant's staff accused the women of leaving without paying their bill the night before, Brison says.
Brison says she and her friend were approached by an Independence police officer, a mall security officer and the restaurant manager.
Applebee's staffers and the police officer asked the women to pay their bill, leave and not return.