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Popeyes store under investigation in Lake St. Luis after "right to refuse service to white people" sign at drive-thru

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Amy Christie
Amy Christie
 25 days ago
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A criminal investigation has been launched after a sign was reportedly posted at a Popeyes restaurant in Lake Saint Louis, announcing that the fast-food place “Will reserve the right to refuse service to white people.”

How did it all happen?

Several users circulated the photo on social media. It was allegedly affixed to a part of the restaurant’s drive-thru area. The photo caused a lot of criticism after it was made public on Wednesday.

The text on the sign said, “Effective 6-1-21 This restaurant is under new management and will reserve the right to refuse service to white people. We apologize for any inconvenience. Signed, General Manager, Mason.”

The outcry was so forceful that the restaurant had to close on the same day.

Lake Saint Louis police believe that someone could have erected the sign “unbeknownst to the business”, as KTVI-TV reported.

The sign could also be connected to a vandalism act that affected the same store earlier this month. In that case there were shattered glass and several offensive messages painted on the restaurant’s drive-thru menu, Lt. Pat Doering of the Lake Saint Louis Police Department revealed for the news station.

“We are currently working and investigating a trespassing and possibly a related vandalism case which occurred at Popeyes located at 6475 Ronald Reagan Drive in Lake Saint Louis. Earlier this month, several drive-through menu signs were spray-painted. Today, unknown subjects posted an inappropriate sign on the drive-thru window, unbeknownst to the business,” was the statement issued by the department.
A manager who has not been identified claimed that the building’s video surveillance video “confirms employees didn't post the sign.”
“We have been made aware of the situation and are investigating the matter immediately. This type of behavior does not align with our brand values, and we take such allegations very seriously. The franchise is cooperating with local authorities regarding this ongoing investigation,” Popeyes said for KTVI, related to the Lake St. Luis incident.

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