The white owner of a Dairy Queen restaurant in Zion, Illinois “proudly admitted” he called a black customer a racial slur in front of her children after she asked for a refund, based on a police report and testimony from a customer.
Deianeira Ford told police she asked for a $5 refund Wednesday morning at a Dairy Queen in Zion because the full order was not delivered, but the owner refused and cursed at her, using racial slurs against her and her two young kids.
Ford called police, and the responding officer noted that the young mom of two was crying and the store owner was shaking with anger and pacing around the restaurant. The officer also stated that the owner continued to use racial slurs as he tried to investigate the incident.
“(He) boastfully told me he would be happy to go to jail over the issue and proudly admitted to calling Ford a slur,” the police report read. “He added that he is ‘fed up with black people.'”
The report went on to state that the owner complained the two “of them” had squirted ketchup on the floor the night before, and the man “freely” used racial slurs to describe black people.
Apparently the owner denied constantly making racing slurs after the media asked him about the incident. A Facebook post by Ford about the man’s racist behavior received hundreds of thousands of views.
“It’s 99 percent lies,” the unnamed owner remarked. “This is blown so far out of proportion it’s stupid. Her order was confusing, and I told her, ‘Here’s your money back.’ This is so far blown out of proportion.”
The owner is not facing criminal charges, but a Dairy Queen spokesperson has apologized for
the franchisee’s “inappropriate actions.”
Of note, the Illinois DQ restaurant was closed on Friday night.