Diners Called ‘Fat Girls’ On Restaurant Check

There have been way too many stories in recent years about restaurant workers being super racist by identifying diners with racial epithets on their checks. At a Landmark Steakhouse, Mark McHenry found that he’d been referred to as “Stinkynigger,” while Minhee Cho was deemed “Lady Chinky Eyes” at an NYC Papa John’s. Though this aggression in check form has been prevalent this year, we’ve yet to hear it take the tone of fatshaming.

…Of course, wherever there’s unchecked hatred, fat people are probably suffering.

Hence, three female diners were treated to the same impressively stupid harassment at a Chilly D’s Sports Lounge in Stockton, Calif. That’s it up there.

“I got the bill, and I was like, why does the receipt say, ‘fat girls?’” Christine Duran told News 10. Her tablemates, Christina Huerta and Isabel Robles, didn’t believe her: ”[Huerta] was like, ‘You’re lying,’ And I was like, ‘No, I’m serious. Look at it.’ She was like, ‘fat girls?’”

A server was called over and explained, cryptically, that someone named Jeff was responsible. A manager was then called over to explain further, who according to Duran  “had like a smirk on his face, like it was funny but trying not to laugh.” The manager offered a discount of 25 percent and then a discount of 50 percent, but the women rejected the offers.

Having been a server for many years, our eyes usually glaze over at this kind of talk–people will demand a comped meal over anything. But this time, we think these ladies actually have a strong case for dining free of charge.

Over the weekend, Chilly D.’s offered this apology on their Facebook page:

This is a message for the girls that had a very bad experience at our bar a few nights ago and for anyone that was negatively affected by this. What happened to those girls at our bar was unacceptable and is in no way a reflection of how we run our business. We are just as appalled at what happened to these ladies and this employee has been immediately terminated. We are a family run business and strive to make our customers feel welcomed and appreciated. My family is embarrassed and we are holding a full staff meeting to re-train all of our remaining employees so that this never happens again…

Fair enough. Doesn’t seem like there’s much reason to punish the restaurant further–they apologized and terminated the employee.

Anyway. It’s always shocking to see this kind of shit occur outside of junior high campuses and internet comment threads.

Anyone else ever encounter something like this while dining?


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    • Cee

      I hate the comments on other sites on this story. Because the ladies do appear overweight, some people think it was perfectly okay to do this, while others take it a step further and judge the fact that “fat girls” ate at a restaurant. I don’t know what is it about overweight people that brings others’ inner asshole. They should have their personality flaws written on their foreheads with a permanent marker

      • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

        They might as well have “hateful prick” written there, for what it’s worth.

    • Benita

      I don’t understand why there is even a method for identifying customers this way if they are dining with a server. All that should be on the receipt is a table number and the waiter/waitress who attended to the table. Is there a reason for having additional identification of the customers? I’ve never worked in a restaurant so I beg complete ignorance on this.

      • kj

        Sometimes if they’re return customers, or if they have a tab, then there might be info stored in the computer, particularly if they made a reservation… return customers might have certain preferences or allergies, etc.

        I’m sure this was done with absolute snark, though. There is no way that entering some sort of additional information besides table # is needed.

        I think you have to be pretty dumb to hate on the kind of customer that is (stereotypically) going to eat more and therefore tip more at your table… HELLO!?

      • Benita

        Thank you for the information.

    • sloane

      why wasn’t the restaurant manager fired as well?

    • BubbleyToes

      I bartended for years through college. I always wrote some identifier on the corner of tickets so I wouldn’t forget who they belonged to. But you now what it usually was? The color of their clothing, and if that wasn’t identifiable enough, hair color to distinguish between two red-shirted people. NOT anything about their appearance, exactly or this reason. You should never write anything on anyone’s ticket that you would mind if they read.