'We don't tip terrorist': Racist customer stiffs waiter out on $108 bill at Texas steakhouse
Cavil said that he was disgusted when he read the note on the bill and decided to share his experience on Facebook. He chose not to reveal the identity of the racist customer.
In a blatantly racist incident in Odessa, Texas, a waiter was reportedly stiffed out of a tip on a $108 bill over the weekend after the customer wrote an outrageous remark on the bill, calling the server a "terrorist."
Reports state that 20-year-old Khalil Cavil, who works at the Saltgrass Steak House, was handed back the bill with his first name — which means "friend" in Arabic — circled and a note written beside it, which said: "We don't tip terrorist."
Cavil said that he was disgusted when he read the note on the bill and decided to share his experience on Facebook.
OUTRAGEOUS. CHEAP. RACISTS. The customers at this restaurant ate $100+ in food and then wrote “We Don't Tip Terrorist” on the receipt after seeing the waiter, Khalil Cavil’s, name on it. He’s Christian BTW. pic.twitter.com/eU8tPNyRvS— Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) July 18, 2018
The server, who is black and was born in the United States, in the post wrote: "At the moment I didn't know what to think nor what to say, I was sick to my stomach."
Reports state that Cavil is earning money by working in the steakhouse before going to Dallas Baptist University in the fall. The man added that he wants his Facebook post to remind people what racism is, and to state that despite multiple claims otherwise, hatred against other ethnicities exists in America.
Even if the waiter HAD Middle Eastern roots, the customer's behavior would have been unacceptable and I hope the restaurant would have still banned him.— Mi Refugio (@chis_mi_refugio) July 19, 2018
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"I share this because I want people to understand that this racism, and this hatred still exists. Although, this is nothing new, it is still something that will test your faith," Cavil said, according to the Daily Mail.
The junior college student added that instead of letting the incident anger him, he has decided to "let this encourage" him and "fuel me to change the world."
"So to all the haters out there, keep talkin', [you're] only helping me step into my destiny!' Cavil's post added. His post has garnered a widespread attention and thousands of shares and likes.
Reports state that the steakhouse where Cavil works is also supporting its employee as the Chief Operations Officer of Saltgrass Steak House Terry Turney said that the eatery will not tolerate any kind of abuse or bigotry from its customers.
"We stand by and support our employee. Racism of any form is unacceptable and we have banned this customer from returning to our restaurant," Turney said.
“I share this because I want people to understand that this racism, and this hatred still exists" https://t.co/ldoOVef9Hh— New York Post (@nypost) July 18, 2018
Cavil even reportedly chose to not reveal the identity of the racist customer and said: "It's not about them, and it's not about me."
"It's about this hatred that is still going on, that is still here and prevalent. I just wanted people to understand that," Cavil said.
He also added that he hopes his encounter will encourage other people who are discriminated against to speak up and not tolerate this kind of racism.
"People may overlook that, but I definitely hope this encourages other people — no matter what race, no matter what religion — to voice out that this kind of racism and this kind of hatred is not OK. A light needed to be shed on it, and I'm so grateful and blessed to have this opportunity," Cavil said.