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.
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?