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.
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.
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.
The company did offer Justin his job back, acknowledging he may have been unaware of the company's policy.
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.
Such a ridiculous statements made by the company after the homophobic scandal. Offering his job back? I would never go back there if that was me.— Alessandro (@alessandrolnd) December 9, 2017