Tori Christina Jenkins is a waitress at the Red Lobster in Franklin, Tennessee. She served her customers as usual and went to deliver the bill to one table. The customer left her a receipt that displayed the usual gratuity section, where she found the words, “None, n**ger.”
Jenkins is a black woman and according to several reports, she received the message on Saturday. Jenkins showed the message to her family and her father posted a screenshot of it on Facebook, with the message that he hoped it makes people aware of the fact “that we still have much ignorance to overcome.”
Since the receipt was posted on Facebook, Jenkins has been suspended with pay due to the policy of the store. The receipt appearing in public goes against the rules. The Red Lobster spokesman, Mike Bernstein, informed The Huffington Post in an email that this was a standard procedure for cases like these. Jenkins has never missed a day of pay because of her suspension and that she is scheduled to return to work this week on a regular schedule basis.
Red Lobster claims they are disturbed by the message and are investigating the situation. In the email to the Post, Bernstein stated:
We take this extremely seriously. This kind of language is completely disgusting and has no place in our restaurant or anywhere else, and we are committed to getting to the bottom of what happened as quickly as possible.
Jenkins also posted the receipt on her Facebook page, although it has since been removed by her. The screenshot of the receipt remained on her father’s page until Monday afternoon.
As the photo of the receipt made its way through the social network, followers were stating they thought the receipt signature looked different from the racial statement printed above. Because of this, many believed the receipt was a fake.
After the investigation is complete, the authenticity of the remark should be verified. Updates will be posted, but for now, the signature and printed racial slur are believable. It appears to be written in the same ink. One is in cursive and one is not, creating a varied appearance in the writing.