A Colorado waitress has been fired from her job at Texas Roadhouse after posting a tweet which was widely deemed to be racist.
Greeley woman Megan Olson wrote the post after being angered when Mexican customers did not leave her a tip, media reports say.
Olson wrote on Twitter, “If we had a real life purge I would kill as many Mexicans as I could in one night,” according to KFOR.
Members of the local community responded swiftly.
“A violent and racist employee is very bad for business. Please send her packin’,” one user posted to the Texas Roadhouse Facebook page, according to KMGH.
Texas Roadhouse reportedly followed this advice.
“Our managing partner was actually mowing his lawn when he was alerted,” company spokesman Travis Doster said. “He immediately rushed to the restaurant, met with the employee who posted this disgusting tweet, and she was terminated.”
“This type of offensive, discriminatory language has absolutely no place at Texas Roadhouse,” Doster said to KMGH.
Those who spoke to KMGH agreed with the restaurant’s decision.
“I think Texas Roadhouse did the responsible thing in letting her go,” said one woman.
“I was offended by it,” Olson’s neighbor added. “As someone who’s worked in the restaurant industry most of my adult life, I understand getting angry about customers that don’t tip. But you can’t back it down to race.”
Olson did not speak to the media, but posted an apology on Facebook.
“I wrote hurtful, inconsiderate, insensitive and careless words and I understand the amount of people I have offended by that,” Olson wrote. “There are no excuses for what I have done. I sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, apologize to everyone for my momentary lack of judgement.”
Maria Handley of Generation Latino said the wider climate was to blame for Olson’s remarks, drawing a connection between racist views and the presidential candidacy of Republican Donald Trump.
“We have seen a fear-mongering campaign that has legitimized racist comments like this across all social media networks,” Handley said. “This hateful racist comment from a Greeley waitress is not unique. We are seeing it acted out in public, at schools and in our neighborhoods.”