Restaurant fires gay waiter after customers leave homophobic insult on their receipt
Updated: December 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm
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INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — A North Carolina restaurant fired its employee after he posted a receipt with an anti-gay message left behind by his customers.
“Our gay waiter made me wanna throw up my food!” the receipt read. “Ruined my experience tongt [sic]. Will not be back!”
When the server posted a picture of the receipt to Facebook, he was fired by the Sun Valley/Indian Trail Hickory Tavern location where he worked.
“We strongly condemn the insults directed at one of our team members in remarks left by a patron on their credit card receipt,” Hickory Tavern said when reached by The Charlotte Observer. “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.”
“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.”
Last year, a waitress at Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe in Charlotte was “tipped” with a Bible verse calling for the death of gay people. Zada Janes is in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, which, along with the NoDa neighborhood, has the highest concentration of LGBTQ people in the Carolinas.
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About the author: Jeff Taylor is a journalist, artist and social media editor. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, LGBTQ Nation and The Pride L.A. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @jefftaylorhuman.