Walk-On’s Franchise Owner Fired After Racially-Charged Facebook Post Goes Viral
Walk-On's announced they are moving on from their relationship with franchise owner Brandon Hargrave after he posted a racially-charged Facebook rant about trick-or-treaters that went viral.
You can catch up on the original story here, but according to WAFB, hours after an apology was issued the company released the following statement via president and COO, Scott Taylor:
We have built our company’s foundation on core values of inclusion and equality, and we find any actions or statements to the contrary unacceptable. As a result of recent events surrounding an offensive social media post by Walk-On’s franchisee Brandon Hargrave, Walk-On’s Enterprises is terminating its franchise relationship with Mr. Hargrave, effective immediately.
Hargrave apologized for the post that showed what appeared to be a group of African-American kids taking handfuls of Halloween candy that he left on his front porch. According to Hargrave, there was a sign instructing each child to take only one piece of candy.
Many felt like his words went too far, not only for the way he chastised the kids but for the racially-charged tone used to describe "cultural" issues that he believed to be "the cancer of this planet."
Turn up the volume, you can even hear these little ***** reading the sign that says ‘please take one so everyone gets one’ aloud (while laughing and picking their heads up like thieves on the lookout) while taking it all,” the post above the video said. “Starts off with simple sh*t like candy, then eventually escalates to stealing guns out of ppl’s cars, selling drugs, armed robbery, joining ‘the system’ and then eventually being jailed, shot, killed etc…. This mentality is how it all starts… Immaturity?? Nah…. Why didn’t any of the other kids do this??? It’s not a kid thing, it’s a culture thing… Same culture that lands their 8x10 picture on front of Auntie’s airbrushed t-shirt while Auntie falls all over herself at the funeral claiming what a perfect person they were their entire life. Lack of character – the cancer of this planet
Walk-On's is a casual dining restaurant with multiple locations across the country. Hargrave was the owner of the franchise location in Covington. According to multiple reports, he had a franchise agreement to open several more locations in the Houston area.
Read the full story here via WAFB.