AFRICANGLOBE – A waiter was fired for leaving a racial slur on six African American customers receipts New Year’s in Arlington, Texas.
After the group of six asked their server at Shatila Lebanese Grill and Hookah for separate checks, the server used the word “N—–” as the check name on the receipts.
“All capital letters, just right there,” said customer Justyce Hill. “I just did a double take. I was like, ‘Wow.’ It was just a shock to me.'”
Hill said the group tried to pull the server to the side and ask him about the receipts. The group said the server downplayed the slur and told the group he “didn’t mean anything by it.”
“We’re being labeled. This is what they identified us as, and not the three girls and three guys,” said customer Ta’les Russell.
The owner of the restaurant, Mike Salame said the server had only worked there for one week and already received two other complaints.
“It’s very very improper,” Salame said. “That’s why when I found out, on the spot, I terminated him…on the spot.”
Salame said that he reached out to the group of friends and apologized. He described the waiter as an 18-year-old of Syrian decent.
The server, whose named is printed on the receipt as “Ragheed,” told WFAA-TV his only comment would be, “My bad.”
Hill says it’s not the way the group being served wanted to start 2015.
“They made the wrong judge of character with us. We are not that and we don’t call each other that,” Hill said.
By: Jobin Panicker
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