Teen Waitress Responds With Grace To Racist Note On Receipt

"I just feel like it's rude and disrespectful. I've never met, I've never done anything to them."

After waiting on a table of customers at Jess' Lunch in Harrisonburg, Virginia, last August server Sadie Elledge got a mean-spirited tip she was not expecting.

The 18-year-old tells Twenty Two Words the pair of diners ordered two gyros and a salad, but when it came time to leave and pay the bill they weren't exactly feeling generous. Instead of leaving Elledge a little bit of money in appreciation of her hard work, the customers left a different kind of tip behind.

On the tip line, one of the diners reportedly wrote "We only tip citizens," and signed the check without adding anything else. "They wouldn't talk to me. They would just nod their heads," Elledge told local news network WHSV of the  duo.

While she's somewhat accustomed to cheap customers leaving no tip, Elledge said the reasoning this couple used really bothered her. "It shouldn't even matter, I just feel like it's rude and disrespectful. I've never met, I've never done anything to them," she told the network.


And though her citizenship status shouldn't determine whether or not customers decide to leave a tip, Elledge clarified that she is, in fact, an American citizen. "I was born here but I'm Mexican and Honduran," she explained.

The Washington Post noted Elledge's grandfather, John, was the one who initially shared the racist receipt on Facebook. 

The Post also noted the customer who left Sadie the note returned to Jess' Lunch after realizing his xenophobic message had gone viral and offered no apology. Apparently he'd only stopped in to express his anger because a portion of his credit card number was visible on the receipt.

While this story is a bit old, it's important to know that discriminatory actions like this are still happening all the time. For example, just earlier this month we told you about a Illinois waitress who was denied a tip because of an equality tattoo she was sporting on her arm. Clearly we still have a long way to go in fighting discriminatory behavior.


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