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Racist 1-Word Note on Restaurant Bill Is Almost Too Awful to Believe

Posted by on Sep. 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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Racist 1-Word Note on Restaurant Bill Is Almost Too Awful to Believe

by Adriana Velez

restaurant billWe've seen a lot of nasty things written on restaurant bills, but I think this must be the worst. Student Toni Jenkins was waiting tables at a suburban Nashville Red Lobster when she saw the note a 20-something couple left her. Instead of a tip, she got the n-word scrawled on the bill. Ugh! Toni was so appalled, she posted a photo of the bill on Facebook, commenting, "... so happy to live in the proud southern states ... God Bless America, land of the free and home of the low class racists of Tennessee."

I can see how that insult would sting. I don't blame Toni for responding the way that she did. She says it was a post intended just for her friends and family, and she just wanted some support and commiseration. But then her employers found out about her Facebook post.

The restaurant suspended Jenkins for a couple days while they decided what to do. She was suspended on full pay, but still -- what kind of message does that send? Is she really such a danger to her customers that they're afraid of exposing more customers to her? OMG, the uppity bitch who doesn't like being called racist slurs -- run for the hills!

I can see why it's unprofessional to post a receipt with an ugly slur online. While it's not the restaurant's fault at all, it's not great publicity for them, either. But I'm a little puzzled by the suspension. They say it's "standard procedure" for employees who post photos of receipts online. But under these more extreme circumstances, couldn't they have just had a conversation with Jenkins and asked her to remove the photo and not post any like that in the future? 

At least Red Lobster sent out a statement condemning the racial slur. A spokesman says the chain is "extremely disturbed" by the incident. "We take this extremely seriously. This kind of language is completely disgusting and has no place in our restaurant or anywhere else, and we are committed to getting to the bottom of what happened as quickly as possible." Jenkins hasn't actually missed any days at work and is expected to return on schedule. I kind of feel like her suspension got blown out of proportion in reports, though I also think she shouldn't have been suspended at all. 

At any rate, I'm glad Red Lobster is clear about saying bigotry has no place at their business. Like I always say, racism is not delicious.

Do you think she should have been suspended?

by on Sep. 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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johnny4ever
by Mrs. Depp on Sep. 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

interesting

splatz
by Sarah on Sep. 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

That is pretty messed up that she got suspended. 

Mommy4000
by Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Wasn't it two words? Anyway, I get her outrage, I would be disgusted, and may not even want to return to work, however, I believe that work policies need to be followed, she did something against policy, and yes, should be held accountable for her actions. If there were any actions that could be taken against the customer, I'd want those to be handed down as well.

.Peaches.
by on Sep. 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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Ya'll are shocked? I'm not. And I'm not even shocked they suspended her- its a great way to send the message of 'Hey, we tolerate racial insults on behalf of the customers because they're always right and you're just supposed to stand there and take it because its your job.'.

People like to believe that racism is dead, but it sadly isn't. We live on a nation that was build on the backs of enslaved people because they were believed to be inferior (and some people STILL think that today). You can't have equality when your country was build on racial intolerance.

When I was 19, I was working at Applebee's and actually had an older white couple tell me TO MY FACE that they would prefer a white server. I walked away and got my manager, who was Hispanic, and brought him over to the table. The immediately asked me why I brought them 'the one who couldn't speak English' before he even opened his mouth. He asked them to leave and to not return, ever. He actually allowed me to go home early that day because I was so shaken. When I came back to work the next day, a bunch of my co-workers had pooled their tips from the night before and gave it to me, both because I'd lost money from going home early and because they felt so horrible for what happened.

goddess99
by Michelle on Sep. 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I don't think she should have been. That couple, if known, should be banned.

goddess99
by Michelle on Sep. 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

That is awful. Truly WTF is wrong with people?!

Quoting .Peaches.:

Ya'll are shocked? I'm not. And I'm not even shocked they suspended her- its a great way to send the message of 'Hey, we tolerate racial insults on behalf of the customers because they're always right and you're just supposed to stand there and take it because its your job.'.

People like to believe that racism is dead, but it sadly isn't. We live on a nation that was build on the backs of enslaved people because they were believed to be inferior (and some people STILL think that today). You can't have equality when your country was build on racial intolerance.

When I was 19, I was working at Applebee's and actually had an older white couple tell me TO MY FACE that they would prefer a white server. I walked away and got my manager, who was Hispanic, and brought him over to the table. The immediately asked me why I brought them 'the one who couldn't speak English' before he even opened his mouth. He asked them to leave and to not return, ever. He actually allowed me to go home early that day because I was so shaken. When I came back to work the next day, a bunch of my co-workers had pooled their tips from the night before and gave it to me, both because I'd lost money from going home early and because they felt so horrible for what happened.


delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Things are still happening like this even in this time...

beinghuman
by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

The whole story is bewl shite

MomTiara19
by Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM

 


Quoting johnny4ever:

interesting

Your compassion is heart warming

 

Janet
by Ruby Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM
What a happy ending to a horrible situation.

Quoting .Peaches.:

Ya'll are shocked? I'm not. And I'm not even shocked they suspended her- its a great way to send the message of 'Hey, we tolerate racial insults on behalf of the customers because they're always right and you're just supposed to stand there and take it because its your job.'.

People like to believe that racism is dead, but it sadly isn't. We live on a nation that was build on the backs of enslaved people because they were believed to be inferior (and some people STILL think that today). You can't have equality when your country was build on racial intolerance.

When I was 19, I was working at Applebee's and actually had an older white couple tell me TO MY FACE that they would prefer a white server. I walked away and got my manager, who was Hispanic, and brought him over to the table. The immediately asked me why I brought them 'the one who couldn't speak English' before he even opened his mouth. He asked them to leave and to not return, ever. He actually allowed me to go home early that day because I was so shaken. When I came back to work the next day, a bunch of my co-workers had pooled their tips from the night before and gave it to me, both because I'd lost money from going home early and because they felt so horrible for what happened.

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