MIAMI — The Cheesecake Factory says it has suspended a group of employees accused of harassing a customer who wore a "Make America Great Again" hat to one of the company's Miami restaurants.
Joseph, who was at the restaurant with his girlfriend and her family, told WFOR that staffers made insulting comments and tried to intimidate him, saying they'd hit him and knock off his cap.
One guest at the table "felt uneasy due to several employees gathering around her table and cracking their knuckles," a Miami-Dade police report said, later adding that "no threats were made and no physical altercation occurred," WFOR reported.
The restaurant chain issued an apology after Joseph's story, initially reported by the Daily Wire, went viral.
"No guest should ever feel unwelcome in one of our restaurants and we are taking this matter very seriously," the statement read. "Upon learning of this incident, we immediately apologized to the guests in person. The individuals involved have been suspended pending the results of our investigation."
Joseph told WFOR that the Cheesecake Factory has not apologized to him personally.
After the suspension, The Cheesecake Factory announced that the two employees who made the comments are no longer employed by the company.
It released the following statement from Alethea Row, the restaurant chain’s senior director of Public Relations:
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