Good Service Is A Coin Toss For Those ‘Dining While Black’

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When many black diners go out to eat, it’s not uncommon for them to question if race plays a part in the service they receive.

Turns out, that’s not paranoia.

Zach Brewster is an assistant professor of sociology at Wayne State University in Michigan. He has conducted several national research studies on the experience of dining and restaurant discrimination. In his 2015 survey of approximately 1,000 waiters and waitresses across the country, 53 percent of the participants admitted to not giving black diners their best service.

Brewster says that the reason that servers give for the difference in service comes from the pervasive stereotype that blacks don’t tip. Check out the full story

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR


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