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NC Restaurant Fires Server Who Complained About Customer's Anti-Gay Note Online

Thursday Dec 7, 2017

A restaurant in North Carolina fired a server after he shared a photo of a customer's receipt online because it complained about him being gay, the Charlotte Observer reports.

An unidentified server posted a copy of a bill from Nov. 30 on social media Sunday, where the patron hand wrote, "Our gay waiter made me wanna throw up my food! Ruined my experience. Will not be back!"

Lucia Stetson, another patron, shared the homophobic bill on Facebook Sunday.

"A sweet young man was fired from his server job at Hickory Tavern after sharing a bigoted note left by a customer," she wrote. "Let's help him find a new job."

Her post has nearly 2,000 shares as of this writing.

Hickory Tavern confirmed to the Charlotte Observer Tuesday that it did indeed fire the waiter. Officials said they offered him the job back after learning he may not have been aware of the restaurant chain's policy about sharing customer credit card information online.

"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 officials said in a statement to the newspaper. "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," the statement goes on to say. "We strive to strike the right balance between supporting our team members and protecting the private information of our guests."

North Carolina's treatment of LGBTQ people made headlines over the last year when lawmakers considered passing a so-called "bathroom bill," which prevents transgender people from using public facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

Read Stetson's Facebook post below.


  • , 2017-12-09 09:11:54

    Why was credit card info on the receipt anyway? They’re only supposed to display the last 4 digits.

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