NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A waiter at a popular French Quarter restaurant has been fired after adding a racial slur to a customer’s receipt. The Huck Finn’s Cafe receipt has gone viral and sparked outrage on social media.
It shows a list of food ordered, but below the ‘thin catfish platter’ is the n-word along with the phrase ‘100% dislike.’ One of the three women who were at the table says she is horrified.
“There’s no reason why I should ever be considered a (expletive) ever. That is so disrespectful. That is so demeaning. It doesn’t matter what I do, what I say, how I dress, how I act, how I speak, how educated or how uneducated I am,” Angel Alexander said at a press conference Friday with an attorney and the NAACP. “Why is it, that it always has to go straight to that?”
Alexander, Alyson Facilis, and Liryca Neville Branch the daughter of local music legend Cyrille Neville say they went to Huck Finn’s Thursday on their lunch break. But Alexander says some food was sent back because they weren’t satisfied.
“The waiter never apologized. He actually had a justification for it,” said Alyson Facilis.
The women say their waiter is the son of the restaurant’s general manager, and he wasn’t immediately fired like the restaurant claims because they went back later and saw him still working.
The women’s attorney Morris Reed Jr. says they want a sincere apology from the waiter and the restaurant.
“This was done intentionally. This is something that the waiter who gave them this receipt wanted them to see and we were just appalled. She felt very disrespected,” he said.
Huck Finns issued a second statement Friday. Their first statement issued on Facebook Thursday can be viewed here.
Today, Huck Finn¹s Café recognizes that the action taken by an employee Thursday afternoon has caused a great deal of outrage and heartache among many in our community and on social media. We acknowledge that the anger and disappointment being expressed is legitimate and has serious merit. We want everyone to know that we agree. The employee¹s behavior was offensive and completely unacceptable.
Ownership stands by the decision of the restaurant’s general manager to immediately and unilaterally fire the employee for his deplorable behavior. It was the right decision and his termination is consistent with company policy. Moreover, Huck Finn’s Café is committed to reviewing all of our systems to further prevent anything of this nature from ever happening again.
Finally, we sincerely hope that the ignorant action of one employee is not considered a reflection of the entire staff at Huck Finn’s Café. His behavior and language simply do not fit our belief system. All of our customers should be treated with love, dignity and respect, and we will not tolerate anything less. We humbly apologize to our customers and our community for this deeply regrettable incident. We share your heartache and outrage and would welcome an opportunity to deliver a personal apology to the individuals involved in the incident.