I just read a news story at State.com about a lawsuit that has been filed against a cafe in Conway, South Carolina. It’s a story that makes you think and hope that it cannot be true.
According to the reported facts, a federal lawsuit was filed where the attorneys allege that a white manager treated a mentally handicapped black man like a slave, beating him in the head with a frying pan, and burning him with hot tongs. He was also forced to work unpaid hours, according to court records.
The manager, Bobby Edwards, told Smith that a bank account was being kept for him. Smith did not have access to it.
The apartment behind the restaurant where he lived as part of his employment was roach-infested. It was owned by the manger Bobby Edwards, according to court records. Smith was also prevented from seeing his relatives.
The lawsuit specifically sets forth that Edwards is accused of hitting Smith with a frying pan, a spatula, belts and his fists. He would also dip tongs into hot grease and then press the burning utensil against Smith’s neck. Smith’s lawyers claim that he was too afraid to report the abuse.
Conway police responded to a call at the restaurant. That’s when they found scars on Smith’s back. At that time he was placed into adult protective services. The manager was then criminally charged with second-degree assault and battery.