WARNING: Contains graphic language.
A teenage waitress who claims a customer left her a racist insult in the ‘tip’ line of a receipt, has been suspended with pay while the matter is investigated.
Toni Christina Jenkins had been serving a couple at a Red Lobster restaurant in Tennessee on Saturday afternoon when she discovered the slur.
The 19-year-old nursing student posted the receipt on Facebook which shows the words “None, nigger” written in the space meant for gratuity.
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The image went viral and on Tuesday it emerged the part-time waitress is off work while the company looks into the incident.
Spokesman Mike Bernstein told the New York Daily News Jenkins is currently suspended with pay, adding this was “standard practice” and that so far the suspension has not overlapped with any of the days she was scheduled to work.
A statement from Red Lobster said: “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.”
Since the receipt went viral Jenkins revealed she had been inundated with support – as well as suspicions she added the insult herself.
Jenkins has now removed the receipt from her Facebook page, though her father Toney Bernard Jenkins has posted it to his own, with the explanation: “Bringing awareness to the simple fact. That we still have much ignorance to overcome. So much more love to give and so much hope to inspire change.”
He also revealed the family has now hired a publicist to field calls from the media.
The publicist on Tuesday confirmed to HuffPo UK that Jenkins has been suspended and not fired, as Radar Online had earlier reported.