Walk-On’s in Covington has fired a franchise holder after a racially-charged post on Facebook about some Halloween trick-or-treaters.
Scott Taylor, president and COO of Walk-On’s said as result of recent events surrounding an offensive social media post by Walk-On’s franchisee Brandon Hargrave, Walk-On’s Enterprises was terminating its franchise relationship with Mr. Hargrave, effective immediately. The company goes on to say the Covington location is currently operating and that the staff was not involved with Hargrave’s statements/actions. The company says a transition plan for the ownership of the restaurant is now in progress.
This began Hargrave posted a video with his written commentary from his doorbell camera showing what appears to be several African American children helping themselves to handfuls of Halloween candy left on his front porch, despite the fact Hargrave says he left a sign instructing each child to take just one piece of candy. Hargrave issued an apology that said, in part, that he wanted to reach out and sincerely apologize for the inappropriate social media post made on his personal account over the weekend. He said he was regretful for making the post and deeply sorry for the offense and pain it caused.