After a waitress sent a Snapchat image with a racist comment about a table she was serving, the patron responded with love and pity for the server.
On July 24, Chelsea Mayes and a group of her friends, Denzel and Montel Epperson, Bryce Holmes and Nitra Kent, went to a Cheddar’s restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, after church, the Daily News Journal reports.
While serving the group, their waitress sent a Snapchat message that said, "I’m so hung over and I have a section full of n-----s right now."
It went viral within hours.
However, Mayes and her friends said they had a good experience with the server, who was allegedly friends with one of the patrons.
“She was a great waitress,” Mayes said. “She did a good job, made jokes with us, laughed with us. We had a good time."
After finishing the meal and leaving the server a generous tip, Mayes learned about the hateful message, which made her "second-guess everything."
"Now I wonder, is this how she felt the whole time?" Mayes inquired. "What if she did something to our food? What else did she say about us?"
In a Facebook post titled "Racism Still Lives," Mayes wrote of her experience and said she felt no harm towards the server.
“No matter how much love and joy you spread, there will always be someone with hate in their heart towards you, regardless if it's in your face or when you leave,” Mayes wrote, as reported on the New York Daily News. “It's up to you how you handle it.”
Restaurant management immediately took action upon learning about the message.
"We, ourselves, were shocked and offended after learning one of our servers had posted comments on social media that were hurtful and derogatory," Lee Greer, president of the management group that owns Cheddar's Murfreesboro, told WSMV. "This type of behavior will never be tolerated in our restaurants. The server was immediately suspended and ultimately terminated after our internal investigation.”
Despite holding no hard feelings towards the waitress, Mayes is glad the waitress was reprimanded for her behavior.
"If there’s no repercussion for these actions, it’s as though they’re saying it’s OK for these actions to happen again,” she said, according to the New York Daily News. "Life is too short to be mad. If I stay mad, I’m not going to be hurting anybody but myself."