"We don't tip black people": Applebee's waitress stiffed by customers who left a racist note instead of a tip
Jasmine Brewer was attending to four customers at the restaurant earlier this month and they decided not to tip her on a $50 order, and left the racist note instead.
A 26-year-old waitress at Applebee's in Radcliff, Kentucky was stiffed by two well-dressed couples, who reportedly left a racist note saying why they had decided not to tip her. The note, written on a napkin, reportedly said: "We don't tip black people."
Jasmine Brewer was attending to four customers at the restaurant earlier this month, and they decided not to tip her on a $50 order and left the racist, handwritten note instead.
Brewer, while talking to HuffPost, said: "It looked like they were having a rough day, as they had just been to a funeral. They ordered two 2-for-$20 meals, two Mountain Dews and two sweet teas. She added that she did everything possible to make their experience at the restaurant pleasant and even told the group to "have a nice day" as they left.
Applebee's waitress is given racist note by white family which says 'we don't tip black people' https://t.co/JfCDsrp032— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) October 1, 2018
“They said, ‘Have a nice day too!’” Brewer recalled, however, it wasn't until she saw the racist note on the table that she realized that they had an issue with her, more specifically with her race.
"I did everything I could to make it good, and in the end, I was the problem," she said as she recalled her coworkers being shocked by the note, particularly her manager who is dating a black man.
"She was livid, and she’s white. She is dating a black man, and they have two kids together. There are a lot of biracial couples working at Applebee’s," Brewer said.
The eatery also sent a statement to HuffPost condemning the racist note left by the customers, saying such remarks directed at their team members is unacceptable.
"All restaurant team members deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. The remarks directed at one of our franchisee’s employees are unacceptable and inconsistent with Applebee’s values as a brand," Applebee's said, adding that it has launched an internal investigation into the matter.
"The franchise conducted an internal investigation and has collected statements from the team member as well as those who were present during the incident, including other team members and the Manager on duty. As soon as the Manager was informed she immediately went out to speak with the guests, but they had already left the restaurant. The franchise is continuing to work with the restaurant team to keep the lines of communication open," the statement added.
Shortly after the incident, Brewer's mother, Regina E. Boone, posted a picture of the racist note on Facebook and she was surprised to see some people donating money to her after feeling outraged over the racist comment. Boone, while talking to WAVE, said that her daughter has received $175 so far, which is three times more than the amount of the bill.
"There is more good in the world than bad. That’s what the Lord was trying to tell me," Brewer told HuffPost.