A Virginia waitress was shocked to find that instead of a tip, a couple left her a racist message on their check.
On Jan. 7, waitress Kelly Carter was serving a white couple at a local New Mexico-style restaurant, according to the Daily Mail. At first, the interaction seemed completely normal. The diners didn’t appear hostile toward Carter and appeared to enjoy the food and service. However, after they left, the waitress was shocked to read what they wrote on the check.
In lieu of a tip, the couple simply wrote “great service [but] don’t tip black people.”
“It was just total shock,” Carter said of the incident to WRC. “That’s all I can say.”
Restaurant owner Tom Tellez called Carter one of his top employees and said the incident “disheartening” and “outrageous.”
The Loudoun County branch of the NAACP posted a picture of the receipt on Twitter, adding: “Hatred will not be tolerated and we will not keep quiet.”