Applebee's has temporarily closed a suburban Kansas City restaurant and fired three employees accused of falsely accusing two black women of "dining and dashing."
Applebee's said in a statement that it doesn't "tolerate racism, bigotry or harassment." It said it's closing the restaurant in the Independence Center shopping mall in Independence, Missouri, so employees can "regroup, learn and grow."
There have been more than 2 million views of the video Alexis Brison posted Saturday to Facebook of her and a friend denying allegations that they previously left the Applebee's without paying. Brison, of St. Louis, began recording after being confronted by a police officer, mall security guard and Applebee's manager.
She's heard saying, "This is what black people have to deal with."
Applebee's says the store manager, server and another employee involved in the incident have been terminated. It also says they are reaching out to the guest involved to apologize directly saying, "We know rebuilding trust with those affected by the incident will take time, and we look forward to finding resolution in the coming days."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.