A group of women dining at a London bar were disturbed by a racial slur printed on their check when they paid.
The photo of the bill from The Happenstance bar was tweeted by a friend of the women and quickly became viral, urging the bar’s management, Drake & Morgan, to apologize.
While only one woman in the group was black, the restaurant’s staff and most of the customers were white. The black woman’s simple request for no ice in her drink prompted the server to enter “NO ICE N**A” into the bar’s point-of-sales system, according to the tweets.
Many users showed their outrage on Twitter.
Fatima Dee writes: “…what kind of sick, racist establishment is this???”
Naomi says: “Used to go to this bar fairly regularly for work drinks, won’t anymore.”
The bar’s staff initially denied responsibility for the racial slur, but then apologized for it, reports the Independent.
A spokesperson for the establishment wrote the following statement on The Happenstance’s Facebook page:
We are appalled by the unacceptable [behavior] of one of our waiting staff. He has been suspended from duty pending a full disciplinary. We have contacted two members of the group that were at The Happenstance yesterday afternoon and have [apologized] unequivocally. Drake & Morgan as a business do not discriminate on the grounds of race, age, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability or [color]. The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff treat customers as well as colleagues. We cannot [apologize] enough and are saddened that one person’s irresponsible [behavior] could risk damaging our reputation.
Instances of racial slurs on receipts and bar tabs happen surprisingly often. On March 22, Opposing Views reported here that ex-NFL player, Quentin Hines, received a bill from a Michigan bar calling him the N-word.