Last month an African American waitress posted an image of a receipt she received from a customer that read, “Great service don’t tip black people.” She received an overwhelming amount of support and thousands of dollars from kind patrons. Now her story is being highly questioned and an attorney for the alleged customer says it’s an outright hoax.
Virginia waitress Kelly Carter tried to cash in on already heightened racial tension with her forged receipt. Carter gives us another example of the “hate hoax” scenarios that have been plaguing America since the divisive election of Donald Trump.
The original story was picked up by various news outlets such as the Huffington Post and Raw Story who sympathized with her.
After the national news attention, the customer who was waited on by Carter hired a lawyer to set the story straight. “Our client did not nor would he ever write anything about refusing to tip African-Americans because of their race,” stated Daniel Hebda, who is a lawyer for the customer.
According to Hebda, her client tipped 1 cent for the poor service, the race had nothing to do with the situation she claimed. “Our client has no ill feelings towards African Americans. Our client did not leave a $0.00 tip. Our client tipped $0.01 out of his own conviction against tipping well for poor service,” he added.
Hebda also argued that the words written on the receipt were not her client’s words and were forged. In reality, the customer wrote “terrible service.” The receipt in the photo shown was reprinted and was done after the restaurant was closed.
“The receipt she posted online was printed several hours after Anita’s New Mexico Cafe closed. The receipt also bore markings showing that it was a reprint of an original receipt,” according to the Daily Caller.
Hebda is now calling for the restaurant to set the record straight and prove her client was not involved in any wrongdoing. It was reported that after the incident went viral, Carter ranked in over $3,600 in donations from various patrons disgusted by the note.
Carter’s efforts of showing people that “America is racist” falters as most cases do. Why go through the lengths that Carter did to stir up an already sensitive issue in America? Why monetize your issue? Racism won’t get fixed by adding fuel to the fire.