Subway Manager Fired After Ejecting Black Man

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An altercation between manager April Epperson and the brother of a new employee at the Valley Avenue Subway ended in her using the “N-word” in a cell phone video that has now gone viral.

Antuan Clark is the brother who claims he was only at the location to show support for his sister at her first day on the job.  Epperson states that Clark was being disruptive and that was why she wanted him to leave.

A cell phone video recorded by Clark has gone viral.  In the video both Clark and Epperson exchange profanities directed at one another.  At one point Clark uses the “N-word”

Epperson was subsequently fired from the restaurant.  In an exclusive interview, she tells WBRC “I pushed him out the door because that was the only thing I knew to do. I felt like I was in danger. I pushed him out the door. He punches me in my face and as soon as I shut the door, the only thing that came out of my mouth was, 'N*****,' and I'm sorry. It could have been a Mexican standing there. It popped out of my mouth that's what that Mexican would have got called. That white person would have got called that too.”

In a statement, Subway says in part what happened does not reflect the company's core value to respect every individual.

Meanwhile, the restaurant on Valley remains closed today with a note on the door stating it will re-open on Monday under “New Management.”

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