A group of black tourists was escorted out of a KFC restaurant in Germany after staff called the police on them and one member could face charges for recording the incident and uploading the video online, The Washington Post reports.
The restaurant is facing backlash after the now-viral video showed cops escorting the group visiting from Britain out of the popular chain’s Berlin store.
The person who took the video and posted it on Facebook accuses the restaurant of racism. “Racial treatment in Berlin in KFC,” she wrote. “We were just having something to eat n chatting #racismstillexist #neverexperiencethatbefore.”
KFC Germany claims that the local manager tried to talk with the group because they were allegedly behaving “inappropriately.” After several failed attempts, the company said the manager was left with no choice but to call the police to “protect staff and guests.”
But group member Kelon Pierre gave a different account. “Other guests around us also chatted and laughed. That’s why I asked [the employee], ‘Why are you only speaking to us?” Pierre told German newspaper Die Welt. “We were the only black people in the restaurant and we were the only ones asked to be quieter, even though other people laughed, too,” he added.
Berlin Police strongly denied allegations of racism and said it is planning to file charges against the person who uploaded the video for violating the officers’ privacy.