An unidentified couple wrote: "We only tip citizens" on a receipt, which was apparently directed towards their waitress, Sadie Elledge, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on August 15 (video below).
Sadie's grandfather, John Elledge, posted a picture of the receipt (and its insulting message) on Facebook the following day, and it went viral.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, John recalled how he took the news hard: "[Sadie] was calm and collected. I was more upset. ... One of my other granddaughters works at my firm as a secretary. She told me and I flew off the handle."
"The way I understand it, the woman who signed the receipt is at the restaurant this very second with the police," John added. "She’s angry and the police are there. Apparently, she just signed the receipt. She didn’t write the comment."
During a Facebook Live interview with WHSV, Sadie said that she was born in the U.S., and had Mexican and Honduran heritage.
The waitress recalled that the couple who stiffed her would "stare at me, nod their head, never really make eye contact."
When asked about the receipt, Sadie said, "I just thought it was really disrespectful, to be honest with everybody. You should treat everybody the same. Just because you can tell that I'm Hispanic does not mean anything bad. Treat me the same way you would want to be treated."
Sadie had this message for the couple, if they are watching:
Everybody needs to be more respectful and that it doesn't really matter if I'm Hispanic, or American, whatever you want to call it. I'm still a person, you should still treat me with respect and anybody else.
I don't know if you have gone anywhere else and left that same message anywhere. But I just think you could have been nicer about it, and if there was an issue, you could have told my manager.