e're not the restaurant police, but when a social media post of racial mistreatment gains over 4,800 shares, we can't help but take notice.
Former New England Patriots running back Quentin Hines, 25, spent St. Patrick's Day evening at Madison’s Pub in Mount Clemens, when he was labeled as "black guy" by the bartender on his bill and told to — in his words — "Pay your bill ni**er."
We reached out to Hines and Madison's Pub on Friday afternoon.
"I asked to speak to the manager, he said 'I am the manager.' So I paid my bill, and I left. I got in the car, I looked at my bill and he had labeled me from the time he saw me and labeled me as 'black guy,'" Hines tells BLAC. "I don't know how, because there were so many other black people there as well, but maybe I was the only black person he was waiting on."
Hines, a Mount Clemens resident, says he had been to Madison's about five times before, but this was the first time he's had a negative experience.
Hines says Madison's has not yet reached out to him personally. The bar posted a status on its Facebook page that they are investigating the situation.
We reached out to Madison's Pub but were told by a woman who answered the phone that the managers were "not here right now." The business has since taken down their Facebook page.
Hines is the CEO of the Rivals Professional Football League, for which he says he has an event for this weekend.
"I'm going to have 300-400 people here coming from out of town," says Hines. "I don't want them, when they go out and dine or nightlife, to experience racism, because they might not make the right decision."
This is the second time in recent weeks patrons and local restaurateurs have had disputes with racial undertones, with tensions spilling over into social media. Earlier this month, a patron at Clique Restaurant posted that a manager there mistreated her and a friend over a cold steak dish.