Marquis Moore, 29, was about to indulge in an order of wings from Zembie’s Sports Tavern in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, when he noticed the receipt in his to-go bag bore a racial slur.
Moore, who is African American, was identified on his receipt with the expletive by the bartender, Megan Bonsall.
Moore told The Patriot News that he doesn’t know Bonsall and has been a regular customer at the tavern, but that he’ll never go there again.
"It makes me feel like I'm just low," Moore said. "A [expletive] is an ignorant, disrespectful person. It has nothing to do with your skin color. What would possess you to put something like that on a piece of paper? You don't even know who I am.”
Zembie's owner, Angelo Karagiannis, said he addressed Bonsall and insists the incident was a misunderstanding and that she didn't mean any harm.
Karagiannis said that after Moore ordered the wings, he began talking to other bar patrons. Not wanting to interrupt Moore, Bonsall asked Moore’s friend what his name was. That friend showed her Moore’s Facebook page, where he identified himself as a “sexy [expletive],” Karagiannis said. Bonsall apparently believed it was funny, so she put it on the receipt.
"Megan has worked for me for 12 to 13 years," Karagiannis said, noting that he has told employees not to identify customers on checks by physical characteristics. "There was no malice intended at all. We have a Redskins fan club, and every week there are 12 to 15 black guys who come in to watch the games. We are not racist at all and serve anyone.”
Moore said Karagiannis was not telling the truth about what happened and that he never spoke to anyone at the bar; he just drank his beer and waited for his order. Moore said he had called himself a “sexy [expletive]" in a comment on his Facebook page, but believes Bonsall found the comment after the incident and is using it to justify her actions.
"Even if that is the case, why didn't she put 'sexy [expletive]' on the check?" Moore asked. "I'm hurt by the situation. I am just a random Joe, and she could have just taken the time to ask my name,” he said. “Racism is no longer behind closed doors.”