Posted on May 5, 2005

Harlem IHOP Takes Offensive Sign Down

Tanangachi Mfuni, Amsterdam News (New York City), May 4

An embattled Harlem International House of Pancakes (IHOP) has been forced to do away with a policy patrons called insulting and racist after facing pressure from the media and government officials.

The IHOP was forced by the city’s Human Rights Commissioner Patricia L. Gatling to take down posted signs requiring customers show receipts before leaving the restaurant, a week after the New York Amsterdam News first reported on the restaurant’s policy.


Dozens of customers vowed to boycott the Harlem establishment if it did not change its policy. At the time, the manager of the restaurant said that he was made to enforce the policy after customers left without paying their bill.