Another day, another receipt controversy pushing buttons all over the place. After a Red Lobster waitress posted a photo of a customer’s receipt where instead of a tip was a racial slur, the restaurant says it’s “extremely disturbed” by the situation. Meanwhile the server is facing critics who claim she added the comment herself after getting stiffed on the tip.
“This is what I got as a tip last night… 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,” the waitress reportedly posted on Facebook along with a photo of the receipt (via Huffington Post).
She also told the Mail Online more about the customers who allegedly wrote the slur, saying they were “extremely rude.”
“When I came to take their order they simply told me they wanted their food and to put everything in a to-go box.”
At least one commenter on Reddit has suggested that the comment is a hoax, as the handwriting on the slur is different from the signature. But as anyone who’s ever dashed off their John Hancock is aware, how you sign your name and how you write otherwise can often be vastly different.
Consumerist reached out to Red Lobster, which is a Darden restaurant, for a comment on the controversy. A spokesman says the company is looking into it:
“We are extremely disturbed by this situation and are currently investigating to determine exactly what happened. 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.
Previously in awful tip comments: Diner Thinks That Saying He’s A Pastor Allows Him To Stiff Waiter On Tip; Papa John’s CEO Apologizes For Driver’s Impromptu Racist Opera Singing
Red Lobster Waitress Receives Racist Insult In Tip Section Of Receipt [Huffington Post]