LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. -- The Loudoun County branch of the NAACP is speaking out against an incident where a waitress at an Ashburn says she did not receive a tip but had a racist note left on her receipt by a family she served.
The NAACP posted a full photo of the receipt and says the manager of the restaurant has confirmed this incident did happen at the Anita's in Ashburn. Anita's is a Northern Virginia chain of restaurants that serves New Mexican style fare.
The photo shows a receipt with no tip attached to the $30.52 total and a note at the bottom that reads "great service don't tip Black [sic] people".
Monday, the waitress who received the hate message talked with DCW50.
“It makes me feel good, I like taking care of people because you never know who is having a bad day,” expressed Kelly Carter, a waitress at Anita’s New Mexico Style Mexican Food, in Ashburn.
Carter told DCW50 she was taking care of a young couple, Saturday morning, even making conversation with them, so she was shocked when she saw what they left on the table.
At the bottom of their receipt was a message that read, “Great service, don’t tip black people.”
Thomas Tellez and his family have owned Anita’s for 40 years, and told DCW50 they have never seen anything like this.
“I was speechless, especially with it being Kelly. Out of the eight restaurants we have, 240 employees, she is top 10 with loyalty, and customer service,” the restaurant owner explained.
Tellez said some of Anita’s regulars got wind of the situation and posted a picture of the receipt on social media.
Some showed support for the waitress and the restaurant. The Loudoun County NAACP shared the picture on Twitter saying, “Hatred will not be tolerated and we will not keep quiet.”
A number of others posted messages on Facebook and Twitter saying they did not believe the incident even happened.
Carter said she refused to get angry about of it. “The message that I would like for them to get is that they did not hurt me, they did not damage me, they only made me stronger.”