The apology was because of what a server asked a group of teenagers to do.


The Auburn IHOP has seen the dine and dash four times in past three months. The server saw a group of teenagers, who happened to be black, and made them pay upfront for their meals.

A customer with his parents saw what happened and posted it to Facebook, where it quickly spread.

The story eventually made its way to IHOP's manager, Melvin Escobar, who was horrified. He called the server in and they had a meeting. The server swears that it was not racist, but based on the walk outs -- done mostly by teens.

He issued an apology quickly:

According to the Press Herald, Escobar said:

I’m personally, for me, kind of offended because I’m a Spanish person. I’m the type of person to say: ‘Here we help different kinds. Everybody I believe is American. Everybody is the same.’ We’re not racist.


No word from the group of teens, who did not seem upset when asked to pay upfront.