‘I felt like it was a racist attack on us. I feel like we were being singled out.’
The Napa Valley Wine Train wrote in a Facebook post soon after: ‘Following verbal and physical abuse toward other guests and staff, it was necessary to get our police involved.
‘Many groups come on board and celebrate. When those celebrations impact our other guests, we do intervene.’
The post has since been deleted and the women have all been given a full refund for the trip which start at $124, though Johnson also wants a public apology.
Spokeswoman Kira Devitt said in a statement; ‘The Napa Valley Wine Train does not enjoy removing guests from our trains, but takes these things very seriously in order to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all of our guests.’
Johnson found the entire experience ‘bizarre’, adding; ‘The train is set up to be with your friends, to drink wine and have a good time.’
After witnessing the incident, a fellow passenger named Danielle called out the company in a review on Yelp.
‘Definitely not an organization I would recommend or ever support again. I watched in disbelief as staff harassed a group of people who were merely drinking wine and laughing,’ she wrote.
‘I’d like to think it wasn’t a racially motivated act, but given the fact that other, non-black guests were behaving in the same way and not removed, I can only conclude that it was discrimination.
‘This business belongs in the “what is wrong with our country” category. Steer clear if you would like to be part of the solution, rather than the problem of white supremacy and racism.’
Devitt said the company is now ‘conducting an internal audit to make sure all of our policies were followed and options were offered’.