After one Red Lobster waitress found a receipt with a racist slur on it, she has now received a tip of $10,000 thanks to fundraising done by online supporters.
According to ABC News, Toni Christina Jenkins of Franklin, Tennessee said she was shocked when she saw the receipt on the table.
According to Jenkins, the receipt had the word “none” on the tip line, and then the N-word written on the total line.
According to the Toronto Sun, Devin Barnes, the customer in question has denied writing the racist term on the receipt, though does admit to writing none on the tip line.
Barnes has stated that he has hired a lawyer, especially now that the story has been viral since the story first broke.
EurWeb stated that one Barnes and his attorney released the statement that denied the accusations, Jenkins began getting accusations that she may have fabricated the entire story.
Well after all the back and forth, Jenkins has received quiet the tip from her online supporters.
According to ABC News, Matthew Hanson, founder of AddictingInfo.org, heard Jenkins’ story and started an online fundraiser for her cause.
The fundraiser is called “Tips for Toni” and had already collected $10,749 when Hanson presented the check to Jenkins on September 30.
“It was about sending a message to racists that Americans aren’t going to tolerate that,” Hanson said. “We raised $10,000 within seventy-two hours. It was really amazing.”
“I literally screamed. I was so confused,” Jenkins said. “I was just so thankful. I felt so blessed and so honored that so many people came together on my behalf to give this to me.”
Red Lobster had suspended Jenkins with pay after her story went public, citing company policy that prohibits employees from posting a guest receipt online. Jenkins has since resumed work.
“We are disgusted by the language used on this guest check and it has no place in our restaurant or anywhere else,” a Red Lobster representative said in a statement to ABC News.
“We were in constant communication with [our server] throughout this situation and have extended her a high degree of respect and caring for what happened. No one should have to endure what our employee went through.”