A waitress at a Red Lobster restaurant in Tennessee allegedly got one of the worst tips ever from a couple of racist customers. Toni Christina Jenkins, 19, was working her shift when she went to collect the payment from a couple of customers who had racked up a $45 bill. In the tip section of the receipt they had apparently written “none ni**er.”
After the incident, Jenkins went on Facebook to vent about what had happened. She also posted a photo of the racist receipt. “This is what I got as a tip last night...so happy to live in the proud southern states..God Bless America, land of the free and home of the low class racists of Tennessee,” Jenkins wrote.
Jenkins described what happened when she tried to serve the customers.
“They were extremely rude, but I introduced myself to them and they didn't respond. When I came to take their orders they simply told me they wanted their food and to put everything in a to-go box. I offered them dessert but they told me abruptly that they just wanted the check. When I went back to the table they had gone and left the receipt and had written the comments.”
After her online posting, the Red Lobster where Jenkins works suspended her on full pay. Apparently some people believe that she faked the receipt in order to profit in some way, The Daily Mail reported.
Jenkins was understandably surprised by the reaction her Facebook post created.
“It's all very surprising to me. When I posted it I thought it might get a few 'likes' from friends and family. People praying for me, that kind of thing. I didn't think it would escalate this quickly. I am just a 19-year-old nursing student.”
One doubter questioned the authenticity of the writing on the receipt:
“As a black man, I simply don't believe this is real. The word 'none' has totally different handwriting from the word 'Ni**er.' There's lots of stories lately of people making false accusations of racism or discrimination for attention. I think you should just admit you did this yourself because you were mad he didn't tip you... This poor man is innocent and I think you are racist against white people.”
Jenkins is sticking by her story.
A picture of the receipt is below: