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Maine IHOP apologizes to black teens forced to prepay for a meal


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Maine IHOP apologizes to black teens forced to prepay for a meal

IHOP’s president is speaking out after a server asked a group of black teenagers to pay upfront for their meal at a restaurant in Maine.

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AUBURN, Maine — IHOP’s president is speaking out after a server asked a group of black teenagers to pay upfront for their meal at a restaurant in Maine.

President Darren Rebelez said Tuesday that IHOP and its franchises have “zero tolerance for actions that are or allude to discrimination of any type.”

He called the episode in Auburn, Maine, an “isolated incident” and reiterated the restaurant is reaching out to the teenagers to apologize. He also said “appropriate disciplinary actions” will be taken.

The Auburn location will be closed Thursday for training.

Local Manager Melvin Escobar said the restaurant had had problems with teens walking out without paying, but he said the waitress’ actions were wrong. He said that “this is the first time it happened, and that will be the last time.”

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