A beautiful Labor Day trip to an apple picking farm of a Black family in Denvers, Massachusetts, has turned into a nightmare of ethnic profiling.
Converse Firm called the Denvers Police Department after accusing Rev. Manika Bowman, Vice-chairman of the Cambridge School Committee and Jeff Myers, A commercial real estate director, for stealing six apples. The family shared their Labor Day experience a Blog post.
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The couple wrote, “Our family didn’t get an apple cider donut. We waited all day at the Converse Farm in Denver on this Labor Day.” “What we have found in Converse is a tragic experience of being falsely accused of stealing apples. And to boot, they accused us of stealing when we were on our way to buy more things at their farm store, spending more money on their organization.
The couple said they spent more than 100 100 on their trip. They noticed there were six extra apples that didn’t fit in their apple picking bag and their kids added apples to them unknowingly. Afterwards, they said the apples were removed from the bag in their children’s stroller. Myers and Bowman had plans to bring apples to the farm store to pay for additional purchases.
Things did not go as planned. Instead, the farm called police and the couple said their security guards contacted them. With no luck, security searches their bags for their fruit. According to ABC News, Bowman’s purse was searched. After explaining to police what happened, the couple said police charged them with “playing the race card”.
There are three requests from Bowman and Myers farms: a written apology from the owner, 100 100 plus what they spent on the farm to donate to charity, and to implement diversity training for the farm owner and the Denver Police Department.
The farm apologized on Thursday (September-September), agreed to participate in diversity training for workers, but did not agree to the charity request.
The firm wrote on Facebook, “We are sorry for what happened last weekend.” We extend our personal apologies to the family, ”the farm wrote in a Facebook post.“ We try our best to train our employees to handle customer issues with courtesy and respect at all times. We are taking further steps to ensure that staff receive training in diversity, fairness and inclusion. Please know that everyone is welcome on our farm. . “