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Woman claims she was denied service at Reservoir restaurant

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A Rankin County woman claims her joyful bridal shower was overshadowed by being refused service at Reservoir restaurant.

She believes it's because of her skin color, but the owner vehemently denied the charge.

Lori Jones said after attending a bridal shower in April at Phillips on the Rez she wanted to do the same for her upcoming nuptials.

But around four o'clock Saturday the Pearl resident said she and about 10 friends were refused service at the eatery after management told her no reservations were required.

"The manager came up front and I asked him if we could be seated and he said 'If our money was long enough we could make a reservation or could be seated'. And I asked him 'I thought you didn't accept reservations and they said 'We don't unless your money is long enough'," said Simon.

The temp agency manager said the building was empty and a sign outside that read "Seat Yourself".

Jones believes she was discriminated against because she is African American.

Phillip's on the Rez owner Phillip Simon said she was not refused service.

"That's a lie. She was told when she called Friday night that we were booked solid. We had tables reserved for the Callaway and Wingfield reunions that evening," said Simon.

The business owner said there is no racial discrimination.

Simon added that he recently had a party at the restaurant that was 80 percent black.

"There's a possibility that the owner here discriminates against people of other races and that you know if your money's long enough that's the only way you're going to be able to eat here," said Jones.

The 28 year old bride-to-be said she and her friends were able to move the shower and party next door to Cock of the Walk.

Her wedding is scheduled for July 16th.

Jones said she plans to file a complaint with the Department of Justice.

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