In the latest iteration of this troubling phenomenon, a North Carolina sports bar called Hickory Tavern, had an unusually poor response to a customer’s antigay rhetoric: They fired the waiter who was left the hateful receipt.
The patron wrote: “Our gay waiter made me wanna throw up my food! Ruined my experience tongt [sic]. Will not be back!”
Subsequently, the establishment canned the server — because he posted a photo of the receipt to Facebook.
That goes against the company’s confidentiality police. Or at least that’s the line they’re using.
Another customer also posted the receipt, writing, “A sweet young man was fired from his server job at Hickory Tavern after sharing a bigoted note left by a customer. Let’s help him find a new job.”
The Charlotte Observer reached out to the chain to ask if they had really fired the waiter.
“We strongly condemn the insults directed at one of our team members in remarks left by a patron on their credit card receipt,” Hickory Tavern said in a statement.
“We value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or for any other reason. We also value the privacy of our patrons, and posting of credit card receipts violates our confidentiality policy.
“Although the team member was initially terminated for violating this policy, after further discussions with the team member, we made the decision to offer his job back. We strive to strike the right balance between supporting our team members and protecting the private information of our guests.”
If he’s looking for a writing gig, this waiter should get in touch with us.