Shannon Riggs and her two teenage cousins attended a Donald Trump rally in Richmond, Virginia. No attention or issues were paid to the gathering of protesters outside the rally Friday night, but that wasn’t the case for the trio as they made their way home from the rally and stopped for a bite to eat at a Cook Out restaurant in Colonial Heights.
Riggs and her cousins made their way to a walk-up window to order burgers and milkshakes. Employees quickly caught view of their Trump T-shirts and red “Make America Great Again” caps, and that’s when full on discrimination ensued.
“As soon as we got to the window, someone inside said, ‘Hell, no! I’m not serving them,’” Riggs told WTVR-TV. Soon more staff members gathered, laughing and teasing at Riggs and the teens. It took a few minutes before it was decided that the cousins’ order would be taken.
But the mistreatment apparently continued, as Riggs said at one point a worker behind the window yelled that an order was ready — but when one of her younger cousins went to the window, the worker rudely retorted, “Oh, not for you!”
“Once you witness [discrimination] first hand, it’s a totally different experience,” one of Riggs’ cousins, 16-year-old Lauren Wolfrey, told WTVR. “I was in a state of shock.”
“You should not be discriminated based on who you support,” Riggs told the station, “whether it be Bernie, Hillary or Mr. Trump.” Riggs and the teens canceled their orders and left the establishment. They called the Cook Out headquarters to tell them about their experience, and despite the company issuing an apology and offering a free meal, the damage had been done and Riggs promised they would no loner be eating there.