A Massachusetts apple-picking farm phoned the police over a Black family that the farm accused of stealing six apples.
The parents, Reverend Manika Bowman and Jeff Myers, shared a blog post about their Labor Day experience at Connors Farm in Danvers, Massachusetts. The couple said they spent over $100 on “admission, fruit picking,” and more during their apple-picking excursion.
Myers and Bowman noted that they had six extra apples that did not fit into their prepaid apple-picking bag that their children had added without their knowledge. They said they moved the six apples out of the prepaid bag and into their child’s stroller — the couple planned to bring the apples to the farm store and pay a surcharge for the extra apples.
Instead, the farm called the police. The couple said security guards approached their family and searched their bags for any concealed fruit — to no avail. Myers and Bowman said that police accused them of “playing the race card” when explaining what went down.
“Our family did not get the apple cider donuts we’d been looking forward to all day at Connors Farm in Danvers this Labor Day,” Bowman and Myers wrote. “What we did get at Connors Farm was a traumatic experience of being falsely accused of stealing apples.”
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SOURCE: Insider, Madison Hall