Black sorority members accuse restaurant of racial profiling after manager called cops to supervise bill paying

Members of a black sorority are accusing an Ohio restaurant of racial profiling after its manager called police to make sure the women paid the bill at the end of their meal.

The Delta Sigma Theta sorority booked a table at Bahama Breeze in Orange Village to celebrate Danielle Nelson’s book deal and to send her off to a new city.

The upbeat evening went awry when a member of the group became frustrated after waiting 25 minutes for her bill, according to Cleveland.com.

Chante Spencer, who was one of the 40 group members, told the news outlet that the woman said she was ready to leave the restaurant over the delay in getting her bill. She was not a sorority sister but was with its members, who were spread out among multiple tables, according to the report.

Spencer said the restaurant’s manager then called police to ensure that all tabs were settled.

“Police were standing there to make sure everyone paid, which we felt was racial profiling,” Spencer told Cleveland.com.

Bahama Breeze is owned by the Florida-based Darden company, whose restaurants include the Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse restaurants.

Rich Jeffers, Darden’s senior director of communications told Cleveland.com “We clearly fell short of delivering great service, and we’ve invited the guests back in order to provide an exceptional Bahama Breeze experience.”

Spencer told Cleveland.com that the women never threatened to leave without paying, and claims the manager called cops because the women were black.

“I am hoping that Bahama Breeze looks at this very carefully and alters policies and does some more training,” she told Cleveland.com. “You cannot make assumptions that people are going to commit a crime based on how they look.”

Nelson was among a group of protestors gathered outside the restaurant Thursday, according to Fox 8.

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The most overpriced foods at restaurants

Omelet -- 566%

Plate IQ breaks down a Denver omelet made with ham, cheese, onions, and peppers and finds that the raw ingredients cost just $1.35, according to an ingredient cost analysis from Plate IQ. None of the items cost more than 50 cents, yet you’re likely paying about $9 for your breakfast, meaning you pay 566 percent more. The restaurant will likely charge $1 less for a vegetarian option made with spinach, mushrooms, and Brie cheese, bringing the markup down to 471 percent. Not that every supermarket item is cheap—don't miss these 14 grocery store items that are grossly overpriced.

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Cheese pizza -- 580%

No ingredients in pizza crust cost more than 15 cents per pizza. The toppings add up a bit more, but a Margherita pizza would still cost the restaurant about $1.77, even though you’re shelling out closer to $12. Order a supreme pizza with all the works and the extra cost to fall on you could equate to a 636 percent markup.

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Pizza toppings -- 636%

If your pizzeria charges a few bucks for meat or a couple dollars for veggies, that’s an extra 525 percent markup on each topping. Get all the works on a supreme pizza, and you could be looking at paying an extra 636 percent.

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Cheese -- 417%

We get it—a hamburger won’t always do the trick when you’re craving a cheeseburger. But tacking $1.50 onto your check for a 29-cent slice of cheese is practically thievery. Don't miss these other 57 secrets your restaurant server isn't telling you.

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Guacamole -- 285%

Yes, you know guac is extra—but did you realize just how much more? Making guacamole from scratch would end up costing 52 cents per serving. With a scoop of guacamole costing up to $2 at burrito joints, though, you’re getting served a 285 percent markup.

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Pasta -- 809%

A serving of dry pasta only costs about 25 cents, and even with a homemade sauce, each serving will only cost about $1.43. Unless a restaurant is going through the labor of making its pasta from scratch, a $13 pasta dish is marked up more than 800 percent.

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Coffee -- 825%

Using the brewing instructions from Starbucks ground coffee, you’ll end up paying about 20 cents per serving. Buy a tall brewed coffee from the store, and you’re paying 825 percent more than you would by making your own. To make the most of your cafe coffee, learn how to get free refills every time you go to Starbucks.

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Soup -- 1,500%

Homemade chicken noodle soup only costs a restaurant about 30 cents to make, though a big bowl can cost $4.95, according to Forbes, making it one of the most overpriced things on a menu. If you’re concerned about “wasting” money on something you can make yourself, opt for thick soups like gumbo or chowder, which are more expensive to make but the same price for the customer, Forbes recommends. Just learn why you should never order these certain fish at restaurants—and what to get instead.

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Potatoes -- 471%

A pound of potatoes costs about 70 cents, meaning an individual spud is worth about 35 cents. On a menu, though, you’ll end up paying $2 to get one as a side, meaning you’re paying 471 percent more than you would baking your own white potato. Don't miss these other foods that chefs never order at restaurants.

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Wine -- 167%

A bottle priced at $15 at a wine shop might only cost the restaurant $10 on wholesale, but they’ll charge you $25 to $30. (That's particularly overpriced considering the best wine in the world costs just $10 retail.) Plus, paying $8 a glass—even with their bigger-than-normal pours—means you’re paying more than twice as much as you would at a BYOB restaurant. Oddly enough, you’ll often end up being less overcharged (though still, of course, paying more) for the most expensive bottles on the menu, because the biggest markups are on the cheapest bottles, according to Wine Enthusiast.

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