Massachusetts Farm Apologizes After Falsely Accusing Black Family of Stealing Apples

A Massachusetts farm reportedly apologized to a couple that said it racially profiled them over Labor Day weekend.

Manikka Bowman and Jeff Myers went to Connors Farm in Danvers, Massachusetts, with their two children, aged 18 months and 7-years-old, on Monday, as they shared in a blog post. The farm features fall-themed activities, like corn mazes and apple picking.

In the blog post, Bowman and Myers, who are both Black, wrote that they paid “more than $100 on all-day admission,” bought food and beverages, and donated to a scholarship fund the farm advertised throughout the day.

The family also picked apples during their visit.

When Bowman looked into her family’s apple bag, she realized her daughters had picked six extra apples than they had been allotted “in their apple-picking excitement,” as she wrote in her post.

“I assumed we’d have a chance to pay for the extras in our final checkout,” Bowman said in the post. “With families being primary customers, surely, we couldn’t be the first to have excitedly over-picked by a few apples — six in our case.”

But as they were heading to the farm store, the family was stopped by a security guard, they wrote in the post. He and another security guard took the family to the farm store, where a third employee joined them, and reportedly searched Bowman’s bag for “concealed” fruit.

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SOURCE: Insider, Samantha Grindell

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