A white worker at a Subway in Georgia called 911 on Monday, alarmed that a black family of seven was…eating there?
That’s right. It was the latest in a recent string of racial profiling incidents such as the now infamous “Permit Patty,” who called the police on an 8-year-old African American girl for selling water, “BBQ Becky,” who called the authorities on a black family for grilling in a park, and “Pool Patrol Paula” who told a black teenage boy he didn’t belong in the community pool before calling the cops.
The Dobsons, Felicia and Othniel Dobson, their four children (ages 8-19), and the children’s aunt stopped into Subway for dinner on their way home from visiting their grandmother in celebration of her birthday. They were there for about an hour when the worker decided to call the police.
Here’s what the worker said during the 911 call:
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.
But when the police officer showed up he apologized to the family, stating that the worker had previously been robbed and was afraid of it happening again.
Felicia Dobson defended her family:
I don’t think she ever felt threatened. We can’t change our skin colour. I have great kids. I have a great family.
Rosh Patel, the owner of that particular franchise, 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.
The worker was put on temporary leave during the investigation.
Folks on Twitter wasted no time in expressing their outrage:
Nope,no racism in this country. https://t.co/lycum8TAja
— Anthony Ramey (@anthonyramey5) July 5, 2018
White people: stop calling the cops on black people for eating at Subway, mowing lawns, hanging at Starbucks, selling water, or canvassing while running for office. https://t.co/xRUWU3aCSw #racism #WTF #whiteprivilege #police
— MargeAnderson (@MargeAnderson) July 5, 2018
Again?????!!! Wtf?!?!? ? This sh*t so out of control we need a new term for it.???
— ?Robin Taylor? (@robinta89909237) July 5, 2018
— Faith (@archfire) July 5, 2018
If these people are so scared they should move to another country. We will be better off without them.
— Chocolate Milk ???️?? #BlueTsunami2018 #NoRA (@ChocoHarveyMilk) July 5, 2018
A suggestion from one commenter on how police should handle these situations:
When the police are dispatched to these asinine crazy white people calls, they should:
Approach crazy white person carefully
Tag their ear
Release safely away from civilization
— WeWillDecide (@decide_we) July 5, 2018
Others enumerated all the everyday things African Americans have been doing when they had someone call the police on them:
Things you apparently can’t do in America unless you’re white:
2) walk down a street
3) stand in your backyard
4) have a cookout at a park
5) go into a store
6) go to a restaurant
7) go to the bathroom#Shameful
— Dr. Donna *People Aren’t Illegal* Noble (@DonnaNoble10th) July 5, 2018
Add swimming and going to starbucks
— Chosen Vessel (@Chosenvessel104) July 6, 2018
Some think Subway is going to easy on the worker:
— Randette Brown (@Randette_Brown) July 6, 2018
@SUBWAY is this how you train you employees? This employee should be fired. Maybe POC should start boycotting your locations, along with their white friends, because they do have many.
— PROUD AMERICAN (@PROUDAM00187654) July 5, 2018
A call to action:
There is a lesson here get up get out go and vote get all of your family,enemies,friends to understand unless the racists are removed from power this harassment will only get worse. VOTE 100% turn out is the only legal solution. pic.twitter.com/ZsZMYuZoWF
— CECIL PYLE (@CECILPYLE2) July 5, 2018