A Subway sandwich store employee is being accused of racial profiling after she called 911 and requested police because a black family of seven who stopped to eat were making frequent trips to the bathroom which made her nervous.
According to WFTV, Felicia and Othniel Dobson stopped for dinner at a Subway in Coweta County on their way home to North Carolina with their children – ages 8, 12, 13 and 19 – and the children’s aunt.
After sitting in the sandwich shop for about an hour, the family were accosted by police because an employee — who was not named — had made a call to complain about them, saying she thought she was going to be robbed.
The family said that they were returning from their grandmother’s birthday party in South Georgia over the weekend, when the incident occured on Monday night.
“I have a 24-year-old sister who’s a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T (State University). My daughter’s 19. She’s entering sophomore year at Wake Forest University,” Felicia Dobson said.
According to the report, the employee told the 911 operator, “I need somebody to come through here please, ASAP. Now. There’s about eight people in a van, and they’ve been in the store for about an hour. They keep going back and forth to the bathrooms by my back door.”
The Dobson’s related that the responding police officer apologized to the family after speaking with them — and the family was able to go on their way, but not before stating that they feel the employee should be fired.
“I don’t think she ever felt threatened,” Felicia Dobson added. “We can’t change our skin color. I have great kids. I have a great family.”
In a statement, the store’s owner, Rosh Pate, said, “I take this very seriously, and I am fully investigating. I have also used this opportunity to reiterate to my staff the importance of making everyone feel welcome.”
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