Here’s yet another story from SCOTUS’ post-racial America: a group of friends celebrating New Year’s Eve were angered and upset when they learned that their server had written “n*gg*r” on each receipt, followed by a number that he presumably used to keep the orders straight.
The incident happened at Shatila Restaurant in Pantego, Texas. The group told KTVT-TV that they checked with other diners, but none of them said that they’d received similar notes on their receipts.
Ta’les Russell, a member of the group, told the TV station it was “sad that it’s still occurring” and that “we are here in the new year, starting fresh, celebrating with family and friends. This is the worst way to start, with everything going on in our society [and] in Ferguson. It’s sad that we have to experience this still today in 2015.”
The manager of the Lebanese restaurant and hookah bar has fired the server — identified on the receipts as “Ragheed” — and offered them free meals. He also downplayed the incident, saying that the server didn’t mean any harm and was new, although he shouldn’t have felt comfortable expressing himself with a racial slur on the job.
Jasmine Tucker, another one of the group, told the station that, “They need to emphasize it to their staff,” and that “they can let go of our waiter, but what if the rest of their waiters are doing the same thing? They need to emphasize this is not OK.”
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