A waiter in an Arlington, Texas, restaurant is looking for a new job today, after a racist remark showed up on a guest check, according to WFAA.
Six friends visited the Shatila Lebanese Grill and Hookah in Arlington after a New Year’s Eve church service. When they received their checks, they were shocked to see how the waiter had identified them.
At the top of the receipt, next to “table,” was the word “N*GGA.”
One of the friends, Justyce Hill, says she couldn’t believe what she saw.
All capital letters, just right there. I just did a double take. I was like, ‘Wow.’ It was just a shock to me.
WFAA says that the group had asked the waiter for separate checks. According to them, the waiter identified them on the checks as “N*GGA 1,” “N*GGA 2,” and so on.
Hill says they tried to ask the waiter about it. Another member of the group, Jasmine Tucker, says the waiter told them, “Oh no no no…I didn’t mean anything by it.”
Shatila’s owner apologizes.
Mike Salame, the owner of Shatila, offered an apology. “I’m just sorry, man. I’m just sorry,” he told WFAA. He says that he contacted the friends to offer a personal apology to them. He also tells WFAA that when he found out what had happened, he immediately fired the waiter.
It’s very very improper. There is no exceptions at all. That’s why when I found out, on the spot, I terminated him…on the spot.
Salame says that the waiter, identified as “Ragheed,” is an 18- year- old of Syrian descent. When WFAA contacted Ragheed with questions, he replied that his only comment would be “my bad.” Salame says that the server had only worked for him for a week, and that he had already had two other complaints from customers about him.
While members of the group say that the incident hurts even more now, hours later, they say they thought they handled it properly, especially after just hearing a church message about forgiveness.
Justyce Hill summed up the group’s feelings:
We handled ourselves the way we were taught how to handle ourselves. I would forgive him.
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