A man accused of writing a racist note on a black waitress’s receipt in Virginia last month says the receipt was fabricated.
Fox 5 news originally reported that the waitress, Kelly Carter, claimed a white male who dined at Anita’s New Mexico Cafe, a Mexican eatery in Ashburn, Virginia, signed his credit card receipt without leaving a tip on his $30.52 bill, and instead wrote “great service don’t tip black people” at the bottom of the receipt.
Attorney Daniel Hebda who represents the accused patron—whose name has not been disclosed—told reporters on Friday that his client received poor service from the waitress, but left her a penny and wrote “terrible service” on the bottom of the credit card slip, reported The Daily Caller.
The man alleges that someone reprinted a fake receipt, with neither the words “customer copy” nor “merchant copy” at the bottom, forged his signature, and wrote the racist remark.
Hebda issued the following statement in a press release:
“Our client did not nor would he ever write anything about refusing to tip African Americans because of their race. … Our client has no ill feelings towards African Americans. Our client did not leave a $0.00 tip. Our client tipped $0.01 out of his own conviction against tipping well for poor service.”
It was also stated that they have contacted the lawyers for Anita’s “and demanded that they set the story straight and find out who is responsible,” according to WTOP.
The owner of Anita’s, Thomas Tellez called the note “disheartening” and said he was “appalled, though it’s kind of in line with the political landscape.”
After the event unfolded, several major media outlets across the U.S. reported the story as an example of rising racism in America. Shortly after the story went viral, the Loudon County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) became involved, and a Virginia man launched an online fundraiser that raked in over $3,600 for Carter.
In addition, Carter’s boss claims that customers were showing up to Anita’s and “dropping cash off” for the waitress.
— Loudoun Times-Mirror (@LTMnews) January 8, 2017
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