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Insisting the black-to-white ratio in one Georgia county was 30/70, a Waffle House vice president ordered Jesse E. Gantt, Jr., a Waffle House supervisor, to fire his black employees and replace them with white staff until he had achieved a ratio that mirrored the county’s. In a suit filed in Atlanta, Gantt alleges that when he refused, he was fired and replaced by a white manager. Within three months the restaurant had only one black employee left. “We want to try and look like the community,” company president and CEO Joe Rogers, Jr. admitted while denying charges of hiring and firing based on race. Even with syrup, the waffles smell stale from here.

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