Massachusetts farm calls police on Black family for stealing 6 apples

Amy Christie

A Massachusetts farm got the police to accuse a Black family of stealing 6 apples. The parents had already explained in a blog post that they were going to pay for the apples their kids had grabbed.

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A Massachusetts apple-picking farm accused a Black family of making off with 6 apples and thus ruined their Labor Day experience. The parents, Reverend Manika Bowman and Jeff Myers shared a blog post about what happened during their Labor Day trip to Connors Farm in Danvers, Massachusetts.

The couple paid $100 for “admission and fruit picking” and added more dollars to it during their apple-picking trip, according to Insider.

Myers and Bowman realized that they had six more apples that did not fit into the pre-paid apple-picking bag they had already got. Their young kids had added them without them realizing it. The parents moved the six extra apples to the stroller and were planning to go to the farm store and pay for them separately.

Instead, the farm took things to the next level and immediately called the police. Security guards approached them and started searching their bags for the missing apples. Myers and Bowman also revealed that they were accused of “playing the race card” when they told the police what had happened.

“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. What we did get at Connors Farm was a traumatic experience of being falsely accused of stealing apples,” the parents wrote.

Connors Farm apologized publicly for the incident on Thursday and pointed out that its employees will be undergoing diversity training.

“We regret the incident that happened this past weekend. We have extended our personal apology to the family. We do our best to train our employees to handle all customer issues with courtesy and respect at all times. We are taking further steps to ensure that staff will undergo diversity, equity, and inclusion training. Please know that everybody is welcome on our farm,” the farm wrote on social media.

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