Toni Christina Jenkins was working an afternoon shift on Saturday at the Red Lobster restaurant in Franklin, Tenn., where she says a Caucasian couple racially insulted her. After receiving their bill of nearly $45, they allegedly scribbled, “None Ni**er” in the tip section of the bill instead of leaving a customary gratuity, according to the Daily Mail.
The eatery is located in a very upscale suburban area, so when the 19-year-old waitress saw what her customers had written, it took her for a loop. Jenkins was so upset and disappointed by the racist words on the receipt, she decided to post a picture of the receipt on her Facebook page and penned the following:
“This is what I got as a tip last night…so happy to live in the proud southern states..God Bless America, land of the free and home of the low-class racists of Tennessee.”
There are some who have accused the teen of actually writing the offensive words herself. Jenkins, however, told the Daily Mail that she would never concoct such a denigrating scheme and does not care if her customers tip her or not. The young teen claims she does not get tips all the time and that she views God as her provider.
Regarding the pair who wrote the offensive words on the receipt’s tip line, Jenkins described them as an odd pair who did not exchange niceties with her. She says the couple behaved gruffly and appeared to be in a hurry wanting their food to-go.
“When I went back to the table, they had gone and left the receipt and had written the comments,” Jenkins told the Daily Mail.
After scrutinizing the shocking tip line, Jenkins took the piece of paper to her manager who was sympathetic, assuring her she did nothing wrong and told her she was undeserving of the blatant show of racism.
As to why Jenkins posted the receipt on her Facebook page, she told the Daily Mail, “It’s all very surprising to me. When I posted it I thought it might get a few ‘likes’ from friends and family. People praying for me, that kind of thing. I didn’t think it would escalate this quickly. I am just a 19-year-old nursing student.”
Meanwhile, the corporate office that oversees the location where Jenkins works has suspended her with full pay pending further investigation of the matter.