A snooty, Caucasian member of a decades-old social club downtown summoned police because a black patron there failed to comply with her Jim Crow-era expectations.
Margaret Bobrick was at the City Club of Baton Rouge when she called 911 to report that an African-American man dining there threatened her presumed social superiority.
“There’s a scary black over here who doesn’t know his place,” Bobrick told the 911 dispatcher. “Please send the SWAT team, because there’s just no telling what he’s capable of doing.”
“He got all uppity and had the unmitigated gall to tell me he didn’t work here. I was frightened for my life and the lives of everyone else.”
The 58-year-old Bobrick, who’s been a City Club member since 1985 and is, thus, obviously white, told the responding Baton Rouge Police officers that Reginald Tarver was “menacing” members and guests in the club’s main dining room by correcting her assumption that he was a member of the staff.
“When he walked by our table, I told him I’d like another gin martini. That’s when he got all uppity and had the unmitigated gall to tell me he didn’t work here. I was frightened for my life and the lives of everyone else. What is this world coming to?” a visibly shaken Bobrick told officers, according to a police report.
Tarver is a 48-year-old corporate attorney from Dallas who was having dinner as the guest of executives from a Fortune 500 company.
After interviewing Tarver and other witnesses, officers told Bobrick that Tarver had broken no law by shattering her outdated, racist worldview. At that, she reportedly left in a huff, vowing to cancel her club membership and join the Baton Rouge Country Club.
Despite the unpleasant incident, Tarver managed to find some humor in the matter.
“The irony is, I actually do make a mean gin martini. But fuck that old white bat.”