As if the food service struggle wasn’t already hard enough, imagine going to your place of work, trying to serve your customers, only for them to not leave you a tip, but to also call you the N-word in the check you give them. That’s what happened according to Red Lobster waitress Toni Christina Jenkins, a 19-year-old nursing student, who says a couple came in her restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee and did just that. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Jenkins discussed her awkward encounter with the couple:
“They were extremely rude, but I introduced myself to them and they didn’t respond. When I came to take their orderm[sic] 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 they did so, Jenkins says she showed the receipt to her boss, but then went on to take a picture of the receipt (with the man’s name visible) and posted it on her Facebook page. She did so with this sarcastic caption: “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.”
Since then, the story has obviously gained a lot of momentum, and while her friends, family, and many others have supported Jenkins, some seem to think she faked the comments on the receipt because they believe the handwriting is different from the signature to the insults. I guess folks forgot there were two people at that particular table…But anywho, Jenkins defends her story and says she has no reason to lie, especially not for a tip. “I don’t get tips all the time. I really don’t care cause God is my provider, I don’t worry about tips.”
Because the receipt has been posted online, Jenkins was suspended, but with pay, until folks at the Franklin Red Lobster can figure out the next best plan of action.
Definitely not the type of thing any person just doing their job wants to deal with. But I will say, seeing as the man’s name was very easy to see on the receipt, as well as the last four digits of his credit card number, Jenkins just might encounter another problem (like legal action possibly) with this couple soon enough.