A man stiffed a waitress on her tip writing, “We only tip citizens.” The waitress, 18-year old Sadie Karina Elledge, was born in the United States and is a natural-born citizen.
These types of stories disappoint me. This one especially disappointed me because this story took place in the state I live in.
HARRISONBURG, VA — A nasty individual in Harrisonburg not only stiffed a young waitress but also wrote a note on the receipt falsely suggesting that she was in the country illegally.
“We only tip citizens,” the tip line reads on the receipt. The waitress was 18-year-old Sadie Karina Elledge, who was born in America and is of Honduran and Mexican descent, according to The Washington Post.
Her grandfather was upset by what happened, and posted the note to Facebook.
The customer was furious and returned to the restaurant to complain about it. The restaurant responded by posting a statement in support of the waitress.
As a former restaurant worker, I usually disagree with the decision to post a bad tip online. People technically have the right to tip whatever they want, and I never know the whole story behind the tip. (And there’s been situations where it turns out the server lied about the poor tip).
But I think this specific customer opened himself up to criticism when he wrote that note. The story is more about his specific social commentary than the lack of tip.
And the story is credible since the customer expressed anger at his note being posted, not anger at being misrepresented.
According to the comments threads on both of these posts, the server and her grandfather both kept the restaurant’s name out of it. The restaurant decided to engage on their own and encouraged the server to share where she worked.
If you are interested in armchair handwriting analysis, check out the grandfather’s facebook post for a discussion over whether the signer of the check also wrote the note.
Edit because this is coming up on Twitter: the consensus end up being there was a couple, and they assumed one wrote and one signed.