By Ashley Biles firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2, 2014
Earlier this month, much controversy surrounded local Thomaston restaurant, Big Chic Uptown, when one employee posted a picture on a social media site of another employee without his knowledge. A comment then posted on the picture by a fellow Big Chic Uptown employee was alleged to be a racial slur and a group of citizens, calling themselves the E.R.A. (Equal Rights for All) called for a boycott of the restaurant in reference to the incident. This past Saturday morning, Big Chic Uptown owners, Tracy and Lisa Barfield, officers of the E.R.A., Sheriff Dan Kilgore, Police Chief Dan Greathouse and two Georgia State Patrol officers all met at the Civic Center to discuss the matter.
According to Lisa Barfield, during the meeting, the officers of the E.R.A. presented a list of things they wanted to see happen which included the termination of both employees and an apology to the community. After being told both of those matters had already happened, with the apology being in the statement released last week by the Barfields (in the January 24 edition of The Thomaston Times), the officers then requested an apology to the E.R.A.
Therefore, Big Chic Uptown releases the following statement:
“Big Chic Uptown apologizes to the community and everybody in it, including the leaders of the E.R.A. for the actions of two of its employees on January 8.”
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1