Latina Server Gets Nasty Note Instead Of Tip, Internet Reacts Accordingly
For years, I was a bartender/server. I raised my kids on tips, and let me tell you now... people can be super weird about tipping in general. It's like this little power trip for some, dangling that few dollars over a server's head like a little reminder of their supposed superiority. I dealt with my share of jerks in those days, but never anything like this: In Harrisonburg, Virginia, a Latina server recently got a nasty note instead of a tip, and that note alone should have all of us wondering about the atrocious state of our world.
Sadie Elledge, an 18-year-old server at Jess' Lunch was serving a couple their lunch when she started to feel a bit uncomfortable. Elledge said the couple wouldn't make eye contact (already hella weird), and barely spoke, just nodding in reply when she took their order or asked them questions. They ate their gyros and salads, drank their sodas, and got their bill accordingly. And when Elledge saw the receipt, she saw that the woman hadn't tipped and reportedly decided to leave a racist, misinformed, poorly written comment instead. "We only tip citizens," the alleged note read.
Please take a moment to read that over again while I fetch myself a glass of water.
So now we all have questions, of course. Like, how exactly does this couple determine who is and is not a U.S. citizen? (by the way, folks, Ellidge was born in the United States and is of Honduran and Mexican descent, not that it matters.) Do they enter a restaurant and demand to see the server's birth certificate or passport? That must get awfully hairy for them every once in a while... what if the server doesn't feel like providing proof of citizenship for their 20 percent tip? (I joke, of course... people like this are hard core 5 percenters, I feel it in my bones.)
Fortunately, Elledge has a good head on her shoulders and took the situation in stride with far more grace than some of us might have had.
"It doesn't really matter if I'm Hispanic or American, whatever you want to call it," she told WHSV-TV. "I'm still a person, you should still treat me with respect."
The internet, however, was not impressed, lashing out on Elledge's behalf:
This is what's wrong with America."This couple didn’t tip their Latina server. They left a hateful message instead." https://t.co/rPJCkysmPM— Phil Latzman (@PhilLatzman) August 21, 2016
So Ada M. Doriot of VA, how's it feel to make a racist assumption & then have everyone assume the worst about you? https://t.co/BebgX5Rs8E— Vince Gonzales (@VgonzalesUSC) August 21, 2016
Eldredge's outraged grandfather, local attorney John Elledge, was the one who posted the receipt on his Facebook page (proving again why grandfathers are the best). Jess' Lunch owner Angeliki Floros (who is also an immigrant) has since banned the couple from the restaurant, sharing this note on Facebook:
So now this couple, for no rational reason in the world, can't go back to enjoy a yummy gyro. Which they probably shouldn't like anyhow, on account of the gyro comes from another country.