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Toni Christina Jenkins V Devin Barnes: Waitress Sued For Abusing Customer Who Called Her A Nigger

by | 24th, May 2014

LET’S play Spot The Victim. This story is bade din the USA, so things will get complicated.

In September 2013, Toni Christina Jenkins was working tables a Tennessee’s Red Lobster.

 

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She says that a customer didn’t leave her a tip. But he did call her a “nigger”, writing the word on the receipt.

 

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She photographed the receipt and posted it online, noting:

“This is what I got as a tip last night…so happy to live in the proud southern states…God Bless America, land of the free and home of the low class racists of Tennessee.”

She did not cover over the name on the receipt. And now Devin Barnes — the man she accuses of being a cheapskate and bigot –  is suing her and the restaurant for $1m.
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The Tennessean saysBarnes has denied calling  Jenkins a nigger. He says he didn’t tip because he doesn’t tip on a takeaway, which he claims it was. Furthermore, his feeling have been hurt and his good name sullied. Barnes’ lawyer, a Richard Dugger, says his man has been abused by “threats from all over the world”. His client has suffered “great harm and mental anguish”. The lawsuit adds:

“The plaintiff is not now, nor has he ever been, a ‘racist;’ but now as a result of the defendant’s acts and omissions to act, your plaintiff has been tagged a ‘racist’ world wide.”

Is a million dollars too much? Not enough?

Matthew Hanson created the online tip jar  “Tips for Toni.” People gave. He presented Toni with a cheque for $10,719. That’s not too shabby. Many of the donors would have felt comfort and righteousness in giving. 

Says Jenkins to The Tennessean:

“I was not trying to get back at him or bring any attention to him at all. I have nothing against him. I can only imagine what he is going through. I was trying to bring attention to racism.”

Good for you. But the incident is a relative rarity when compared to to the dark stain on US life and State-sanctioned bigotry that went before. Today, it’s the oddness of the comment that sticks out as ugly, not its mundanity.

She adds of Barnes and his party:

“They were extremely rude, but I introduced myself to them and they didn’t respond. When I came to take their order they simply told me they wanted their food and to put everything in a to-go box. I offered them dessert but they told me abruptly that they just wanted the check. When I went back to the table they had gone and left the receipt and had written the comments.”

So. You posted it online. And expected what? Lawyers?



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