Red Lobster Customer Leaves Terrible 'Racist' Tip but Doesn't Stop There

lobster chain suedRed Lobster customer is so angry about a receipt he left that went viral that he's going to drastic measures to get revenge.

The waitress who shared the bill alleges it is proof of not just his tight fist, but his racist nature.

On it, under tip amount, Devin Barnes wrote "none." Beneath that, for the total? It says the "N" word. His server, 19-year-old Toni Christina Jenkins, claims he wrote it in, so she took a picture of the receipt. Needless to say, it hit the web like wildfire. 

But that's not where the story ends. 


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Barnes is now suing the restaurant. Yes, you read that right.

Now let's break this down. I have a hard time sympathizing with people who don't tip servers at restaurants to begin with. There's kind of no excuse. To you, the tip is optional and service-based, but to them, that tip makes up a fair portion of their daily income. Unless someone has been totally terrible, all putting your baby's face in a pie or something, I say tip AT LEAST 15 percent. 

That said, I get it when friends tell me their "terrible waitstaff" stories -- sometimes the stories they tell can very nearly make me understand not leaving a tip. But let the record show, none of my friends are also racist tool-buckets. Not tipping someone because of their race? That is never, ever, ever okay.

If that's what this dude in question did, as Jenkins claims, he deserves every bit of the abuse that's coming his way. 

Here's the thing, though -- Barnes says he never wrote the hateful language pictured on the bill. In fact, he's so adamant that he's SUING Red Lobster. Jenkins is also named in the suit. 

Weirdly, I kind of believe him. Here's why: Barnes is admitting that he wrote "none" under the tip heading. In other words, he's more than willing to say he was a jerk on his check by leaving nothing for the waitress, which is embarrassing enough. Since he's not flat-out denying the entire thing, that could be an indication he's telling the truth about the racial slur. So if it was added by the server, well -- no wonder he's suing. 

Still, he could be denying something awful he did to avoid any more backlash or legal action against him. Either way, he's going about this all wrong. Red Lobster isn't at fault (and besides, they have enough financial problems as it is).

They did all they could in this case. They suspended Jenkins for posting the image. They shouldn't be held accountable for the actions of one employee any more than they have already. Barnes should just stick to dealing with Jenkins directly and leave the seafood chain in peace!

Red Lobster, for its part, has closed the book on the incident -- which happened in September 2013.

"After the completion of a full investigation into this matter, Miss Jenkins returned to work," the company said in a statement. "As we shared before, we were disgusted by the language used on this guest check as it has no place in our restaurant or anywhere else."

Do you think Barnes is guilty of writing that note?


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