The Alchemist has been on the spot twice in a span of a month. In the first case, a man named Emmanuel Murgor posted a video that caught the attention of people online. The video portrayed black people queueing in a different line from white people and Indian revellers. This ended up causing an uproar as the joint was allegedly accused of discrimination.
This led to the establishment being closed so that investigation could be done. A few days later, a statement was issued by Emmanuel after attending a meeting with the management to discuss the matter. In the statement that was made public by the bar’s management, Emmanuel asked for forgiveness and admitted that he had wrongfully accused the establishment.
The establishment was then re-opened, and everything went back to normal. On the 26th of June 2022, a woman on Twitter who goes by the username @mwikaliiii shared a video on Twitter about a woman being manhandled at the Alchemist. The cause of the altercation was unknown; however, a few people who were there shared what it was about. According to one of the ladies who goes by the username AnushkaKE the lady was drunk and causing mayhem.
People on Twitter reacted to the story, and a majority of them asked the same question ” Why do people still go to the Alchemist?”. The joint has been on the spot for a serious issue and that should have been a red flag. Yet people still feel the need to go there and later complain that the joint should be shut down. Is it that we never learn, or do we always want to experience the worst before we decide enough is enough?
At this point, we need to open our eyes and think deeply about the cases highlighted about establishments. The same case should be applied to service providers as well. There are many reputable restaurants and bars in Nairobi where people can enjoy themselves without fear of such cases.
The money is yours to spend, so spend it in a place where you feel comfortable. If we keep on raising such cases, then at some point, they will never be taken seriously. Let’s learn from other people’s experiences and do better.
Here are a few responses to Mwikaliiii’s post about the issue.
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