WKMG-TV (Orlando), February 23, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—A sign at a gas station notifying students at the predominantly black Bethune Cookman University of a new rule limiting their access to the business is being called racist and has prompted a boycott.
The sign, which reads “B.C.C.—1 Student At A Time,” is posted on the door of a Citgo gas station located at 600 West International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach.
“I believe it is racist,” a student said. “If it wasn’t racist, why is it saying only one BCU student? Why isn’t it saying Embry Riddle students? Or Stetson’s students? Why is it just Cookman students.”
Managers said students from the school are stealing and the rule is meant to curb crime. They said they have lost hundreds of dollars a month in retail theft.
He blames Bethune Cookman University students for the crimes.
“It is not about race, no,” store manager Michael Amid said. “If they come one at a time, we can have a sale.”