Brian Eason, a Black man living in Oregon, has filed a $100,000 lawsuit against a local restaurant for using discriminatory practices against him and forcing him to prepay for his meals while the white patrons were not asked to do the same.
“I was kind of curious about it and said ‘Well, is that new?’ And she said ‘Yes, we had a few walk-aways and my boss asked me to ask for prepayment,” Eason told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Wednesday.
Eason didn’t think anything of it, he said, until he later ordered another drink and the waitress again wanted prepayment.
“I said ‘This is kind of odd that I have to prepay every time I order my food and drink,’” Eason recounted. “She said, ‘I think it’s discrimination and my boss is here, and she’s forcing me to have me do this.’”
Eason said that after he spoke to the white customers about whether they had to prepay, he still wasn’t sure if he was going to do anything about it. But he couldn’t sleep that night and his family encouraged him to take action, he said.
“My office is right down the street there,” Eason said. “It’s a constant reminder of ‘They don’t want me in there.’”
The suit seeks $100,000 in damages because Eason has “suffered loss of sleep and feelings of racial stigmatization.”
Eason deserves every dime he gets! That restaurant owner should be ashamed of herself.