POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. – The employee at the Jenkinson’s Aquarium gift shop who kicked out a group of young black girls has been fired, the company announced Tuesday evening.
In a statement, Jenkinson’s media relations director Toby Wolf said the incident “does not reflect the core values of the boardwalk.
“In our 90-year history, Jenkinson’s has always been and will continue to be the place where people from all races, religions, ages, genders and cultures are welcome,” Wolf said. “We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving our culture of diversity and inclusion. Jenkinson’s will also be conducting a diversity training program for its employees in the very near future to avoid this type of occurrence in the future.”
Paterson resident Attiyya Barrett’s video of the alleged bias incident went viral shortly after she posted it on Friday afternoon. Watch the viral video for yourself below. It began when a group of young girls from Princess to Queenz, Barrett’s outreach camp which provides weekly field trips, mentoring seminars and tutoring, walked into the Jenkinson’s Aquarium gift shop.
A woman who Barrett later identified as the store “owner” kicked the girls out of the store, demanding they come back with a chaperone. When they did, the woman allegedly told the group they were “not welcome here.”
SOURCE: Mike Davis
Asbury Park Press