Dairy Queen was forced to shut down a restaurant this week following an instance of racism that has the public uniformly up in arms over a store owner's behavior.
When one thinks of ice cream parlors, chain or otherwise, one generally thinks of a hospitable, pleasant place.
Because…why wouldn’t you? They’re family establishments that cater predominately to kids’ outings. In fact, ice cream parlors might be one of the most wholesome enterprises a person could think of.
I mean, who could imagine an ice cream parlor being a hostile environment?
Is nothing sacred? The only beings that might object to ice cream parlors are cows and…possibly vegans. Otherwise, they’re a place you go when you want to feel safe and secure.
However, rules are made to broken, and one ice cream parlor in the midwest is the subject of such a scandal that it's one owner has cast a cloud over the entire brand.
While not everyone may have a Dairy Queen close at hand, the franchise is incredibly well-known and populates the entirety of the US, more or less.
They’re predominately rural or suburban, which doesn’t mean anything in and of itself but serves to show they are often meeting points and popular locals spots.
However, that designation changed in an instant for one outpost in Illinois.
What was seen as “just another Dairy Queen” by locals and passersby alike became ground zero for controversy and outrage following the treatment of a customer.
On Wednesday, January 4, Deianeira Ford, pictured here, thought she'd make a trip to Dairy Queen with her two young kids since they'd been so well-behaved.
She got far more than bargained for upon arrival and ultimately gained notoriety for all the wrong reasons when the story of her and her family’s treatment surfaced.