The Wine Train has reversed course.
In a statement released today the Napa Valley Wine Train has apologized for kicking off a group of black women for laughing. After they exited the train, they were greeted by police.
“The Napa Valley Wine Train was 100 percent wrong in its handling of this issue,” said wine train chief executive officer Anthony “Tony” Giaccio. “We accept full responsibility for our failures and for the chain of events that led to this regrettable treatment of our guests.”
The women, who were members of a book club, were told by staff that they were being too loud. One white passenger was apparently irritated, telling them the train — which exists to serve alcohol — was “not a bar.”
After they were kicked off the company posted a message to Facebook accusing the women of “verbal and physical abuse” toward other guests and staff.
In the Tuesday statement, the company admitted those charges were “inaccurate.”
In an interview with ThinkProgress, Lisa Johnson said that the post was only removed after she contacted Napa Valley Wine Train and threatened to sue if the false charges were not removed from Facebook.
The company is offering the group a free wine tour for 50 people. “You can enjoy yourself as loudly as you desire,” the company pledged.
Today, another man says he and a group of Latinos were discriminated against during an earlier trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train.