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Black Family Stops Into Georgia Subway Restaurant For Dinner—And A White Employee Calls The Cops, Of Course

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:

A suggestion from one commenter on how police should handle these situations:

Others enumerated all the everyday things African Americans have been doing when they had someone call the police on them: 

Some think Subway is going to easy on the worker: 

A call to action:

H/T: indy100, Twitter


Written by Vanessa Nix Anthony

Vanessa is a freelance-flame-haired-word-ninja-for-hire with a passion for storytelling. Her writing has been featured in The Oregonian, Baltimore Magazine, Oregonlive, KPTV, Metro Parent, and Trulia, among others. She’s the author of the Amazon title, “In Less than a Year,” and her successful Portland-based copywriting agency, The Portland Writer has been helping businesses tell their brand’s unique stories for over a decade. When she’s not writing, cooking, or making magical worlds out of cardboard for her son, Vanessa is hard at work illustrating her forthcoming children’s books or belting out karaoke to favorite 80s or Disney villains tunes. TWITTER: @nessnix, INSTA: @nessnixtony