Red Lobster Waitress Receives Racist Note on Receipt; Story Goes Viral

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Toni Christina Jenkins, a young Red Lobster waitress was the target of a racial slur left by a customer on a receipt, which she reported to management.

In the space for gratuity, the customer wrote “None, n**ger."

Christina showed the note to her boss, she says, and was assured she had done nothing wrong. But things changed when she posted it on Facebook.

The Franklin, Tenn., teen was only hoping for “some prayers and support,” her mom says, when she posted the hateful note on her Facebook page.

It went viral and sparked a great deal of outrage controversy, discussion, hoax theories and more racist comments. There were even reports she had been fired.

Toni graduated from high school a year early, her mother says, and is waiting tables to help put herself through medical school at Belmont University.

Monday, mom Tina Jenkins-Wilson told Radar that Red Lobster “let her go. They told her she could not return to work and that they were [investigating]."

"They didn’t tell her they were going to pay her. They didn’t say if they were going to punish the people that did it. They just said they were going to let her off.”

“It’s heartbreaking. She’s a nursing student who is trying to save up money so she can get back and forth to school. Waitressing is how she makes her money.”

UPDATE: The restaurant strongly refutes this.

A spokesperson for the restaurant tells THG: “Christina Jenkins has NOT been fired. In fact, she has not lost any days of work so far and is still scheduled to work this week as usual.”

“We are extremely disturbed by this situation and are currently investigating to determine exactly what happened. We take this extremely seriously."

"This kind of language is completely disgusting and has no place in our restaurant or anywhere else and we are committed to getting to the bottom of what happened as quickly as possible.”

That's very good to hear. In any event, it's unclear why the mom would be so confused or why the customer(s) left a note like that for the server.

Story developing ...

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i would have dont the same thing. taken a picture and posted it to show peolple that there are ignorant people who still breathe. but my question is, "why would her boss have to investigate to see what really went on." its obvious that she had a stupid customer who left her a rediculously offensive note and worse on her reciept hat has to be turned for the end of shift reports that will be on record until the company has done their part. I'd be angry and her other has the right to be as well. i want to know what happens after this blows over because it seems like her employer is just upset because the business was posted in the mix. Hope this girl gets a peice of the publicity money its going to bring the business. people are going to feel bad and support the business. Higher tips for the servers. Keep us updated on the outcome of this story to see how blown out of porportion it gets from the employers point of view.

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I feel sorry for her but did she really have to post it on facebook????

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NOTE : HEEELOS NEGRO !!! I'D LIKES TO ORDER SOMES WATERMELON, WITH FRIED GHETTO RAT ON THE SIDE .. THANK U ...

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@ JOY

Joy you ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ are an Idiot.

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Racism in this country needs to stop! People get mad if someone gets offended by a racial slur you are not that person you don't know how that comment made that girl feel. She is working hard all day or night and she recieves a comment like that it's disgusting. People should be defending this girl no matter what race you are.

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Nigers always call each other niger.get over it.if that all ypu are call i. Life you are doing good.if you are a waitetess you will be call more then that aftet working with the public for 25 years .name calling is the normal

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What was wrong norhing.they left no tip because she was a lousy waiteress

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Blacks can barely afford the meal, so of course they don't tip well.

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@ gdogg

And you obviously can't read that well. It never said the customers were black. Plus, that wouldn't make any sense for them to call her a nigger if they were black

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@ Denene

lol ...what does color have to do with being able to afford a meal there are plenty of "white people" that can't afford to pay a meal it goes both ways... and if you're going to comment stupid racist comments at least know how to spell ...smh

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Lord, people are so quick to hop on the "It's just another black person playing the race card" bandwagon. Look closely, morons - the rest of the word after the "N" is blurred.

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N could stand for none... So sick of the black people. Playing the race card

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@ Katie

The rest of it is blurred out smh...they are only showing the N

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@ Katie

You're a dumbass...its obviously been photoshopped to not show the whole word.

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omg shut up