Over the weekend, a server at a Tennessee Red Lobster posted an image of a
receipt from the restaurant to Facebook that had a nasty racial slur where the
tip should have been (the uncensored version is here). Predictably, the
Internet erupted, as is now par for the course in our cowardly new world of
racist (or just hateful!) receipts; this time, however, the uproar was not at
all on 19-year-old Toni Jenkins's behalf. Because everyone likes to play
detective, Reddit users immediately called Jenkins and the receipt's
authenticity into question, pointing out words written with different colored
pens, and then some.
One commenter claimed the penmanship of the slur didn't match that of the
signature, writing Jenkins off as a disgruntled waitress who forged the
comment after not receiving a tip. Meanwhile, other gumshoes claim the alleged
racist's name on the circulated photo matches that of a commenter who deemed
it a fake on a Red Lobster Facebook page. Finally, the chain's spokesperson
says the company is "extremely disturbed" by the incident, but it also seems
not wholly convinced by the authenticity of the paperwork: Jenkins has been
suspended with pay pending investigation.
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