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Maine IHOP apologizes to black teens forced to prepay for a meal
The president of IHOP is speaking at loudly after a server group of black teenagers pay in advance for their meal at a restaurant in Maine.
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The Associated Press
Published 3:28 p.m. ET March 13, 2018
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AUBURN, Maine – The IHOP president speaks when a server asked a group of black teenagers to pay in advance at a restaurant in Maine .
President Darren Rebelez said on Tuesday that IHOP and its franchises have "zero tolerance for actions that are or allude to discrimination of any kind."
He called the episode in Auburn, Maine, an "isolated incident" and reiterated the restaurant's approach to the teenagers to apologize. He also said that "appropriate disciplinary action" will be taken
Auburn's location will be closed on Thursday for training.
Local manager Melvin Escobar said the restaurant had had problems with teenagers leaving without paying, but said the waitress's actions were incorrect. He said "this is the first time it happened, and that it will be the last time".