Racist note written on check in Loudoun Co. restaurant

Kelly Carter, a server at an Ashburn restaurant says she was shocked by a racist note scrawled on the bottom of a receipt. (Courtesy NBC Washington)

ASHBURN, Va. — Stiffing a server on a bill is one thing, but the owner of a popular restaurant is angry about a racist note allegedly scrawled by customers on the bottom of the tab.

A couple at Anita’s New Mexico Style Cafe, in Ashburn, left no tip on a $30.52 bill Saturday. The words “great service don’t tip Black people” were written on the bottom of the check.

“It’s disheartening; I’m outraged,” Anita’s president, Thomas Tellez, told NBC Washington.

“I looked at the receipt three times,” said Kelly Carter, who said she served the couple Saturday morning, during brunch.

Carter and Tellez said there was no indication the couple was dissatisfied with the food or service during the visit.

The Loudoun County NAACP branch first posted the image of the receipt. WTOP has blurred out the credit card number and the customer's signature. (Loudoun County NAACP/WTOP)
The Loudoun County NAACP branch first posted the image of the receipt. WTOP has blurred out the credit card number and the customer’s signature. (Loudoun County NAACP/WTOP)

“I was appalled, though it’s kind of in line with the political landscape, unfortunately,” said Tellez.

He said Carter has been a good employee for years, and had developed a following among customers.

She said she will not be deterred by the experience.

“I keep my head up. I have to keep moving. One hateful remark can not stop me,” she said.

The receipt was initially posted online by the Loudoun County chapter of the NAACP.

Carter said if the customers came back, she would serve them. “My arms are still opened to him,” she said. “That’s him, not me.”

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