Revenge, much like a DQ blizzard, is a dish best served cold. James Crichton, the owner of a Dairy Queen franchise in Zion, Illinois, lost his store after racist outburst against a biracial mother and her two young children.
Zion Dairy Queen Protest! Shut em down! pic.twitter.com/tF9OJYDf7m
— BG (@Wayne2times) January 7, 2017
Deianeira Ford had stopped by Dairy Queen last Wednesday to pick up a $5 box as a reward for her children. When she reported an error in her order to the owner, Crichton issued a refund, but not before releasing a slew of n-words and insults to Ford and her children. Ford called the police, who confirmed that Crichton was, indeed, a racist asshole, but that he hadn’t broken any laws.
Ford took the matter to Facebook, which quickly went viral. By Friday, Dairy Queen headquarters apologized and began procedures to shut down the Zion location. They also issued a statement from Crichton:
“I would like to sincerely and humbly apologize for my recent words and actions,” it said. “I have let my family, friends, employees, our system and this community down with what I have done.”
This statement is a far cry from the words spoken by Crichton a mere two days prior. According to the police officer who originally responded to Ford’s call, “Crichton boastfully told me he would be happy to go to jail over the issue and proudly admitted to calling Ford a ni–. He added that he is ‘fed up with black people.’”
Crichton may or may not have learned his lesson, but fans of justice and chicken strips will continue to grill and chill.