Popeyes customers in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri were greeted with an unusual sign at the drive-thru.
“Effective 6-1-21 This restaurant is under new management and will reserve the right to refuse service to white people. We apologize for any inconvenience. Signed, General Manager, Mason,” the sign read.
Police say they are investigating the incident as a case of trespassing and vandalism.
“We have been made aware of the situation and are investigating the matter immediately. This type of behavior does not align with our brand values and we take such allegations very seriously. The Franchise is cooperating with local authorities regarding this ongoing investigation,” the fast-food chain said in a statement.
Investigators believe the culprits were not employees of Popeyes.
“I saw it all over Snapchat,” customer Abigail Reed told television station KTVI. “I just think it’s kind of immature for someone to put it on there.”
Authorities are investigating how a racist sign was posted at a @PopeyesChicken in Lake St. Louis, Mo. The sign read: "This restaurant is under new management & will reserve the right to refuse service to white people. We apologize for any inconvenience." https://t.co/xNaAzMkCQj
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 28, 2021
Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help identifying the suspects responsible for the sign.
“subjects we believe posted the sign at Popeyes. They are NOT employees, former employees or associated with the business based on the information we have received,” Lake Saint Louis Police Department wrote Friday on Facebook, uploading the surveillance footage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lake St. Louis Police Department at 636-625-8018.