A Restaurant Just Fired A Waiter For Sharing An Anti-Gay Note They Received On A Receipt

A Restaurant Just Fired A Waiter For Sharing An Anti-Gay Note They Received On A Receipt
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Updated 6 months ago

Many waiters have taken to sharing pictures of receipts where patrons have left hateful messages, or no tip, or both. In fact, you'd think by now diners might think twice about leaving nasty messages, lest they be named and shamed on social media. But a homophobic customer at a Hickory Tavern in North Carolina recently put their hate on full display, and their server posted a picture to Facebook. He was kind enough to block out the patron's information and tip on the receipt.

Justin S. drew attention not to the tip, but the message written on the side:

Our gay waiter made me wanna throw up my food! Ruined my experience tongt. Will not be back!

The restaurant, part of a popular chain of sports bars, fired the waiter for posting the photo. According to an official statement from the company, Justin violated a company policy forbidding staff from posting receipts online.

Hickory Tavern said in a statement to the Charlotte Observer: 

We strongly condemn the insults directed at one of our team members in remarks left by a patron on their credit card receipt. We value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or for any other reason. We also value the privacy of our patrons, and posting of credit card receipts violates our confidentiality policy.

Lucia Stetson shared the photo on her own Facebook page after Justin deleted his post:

Ok friends. A sweet young man was fired from his server job at Hickory Tavern after sharing a bigoted note left by a...

Posted by Lucia Stetson on Sunday, December 3, 2017

As of writing, the post has more than 2,200 shares and plenty of supportive comments:


Looks like Hickory Tavern may have lost some customers:


Other people took to social media to support Justin and put Hickory Tavern on blast:

The company did offer Justin his job back, acknowledging he may have been unaware of the company's policy.

Hickory Tavern told the Observer:

Although the team member was initially terminated for violating this policy, after further discussions with the team member, we made the decision to offer his job back. We strive to strike the right balance between supporting our team members and protecting the private information of our guests. 

Justin declined the offer.