A Taco Bell customer found a racial slur on his receipt. Picture: Facebook
A Taco Bell customer found a racial slur on his receipt. Picture: Facebook

Man finds shocking racial slur on takeaway receipt

AN ORDINARY, "fun night out" with friends was ruined after a man found a shocking racial slur on his takeaway receipt.

University student In Young Lee visited a Taco Bell chain in Philadelphia in the US last week after spending the evening with a couple of friends.

Mr Lee, who is Asian-American, had an interaction with a cashier that was "very ordinary, and cordial even" - until he spotted his receipt.

It listed his name as "Steve Chink" - a common, offensive slur aimed at people of Asian descent.

Mr Lee confronted the staff member at the time, and later posted a photo of the receipt to Facebook, saying he was "infuriated" by what had happened.

A Taco Bell customer found a racial slur on his receipt. Picture: Facebook
A Taco Bell customer found a racial slur on his receipt. Picture: Facebook

The post attracted an outpouring of outrage, and according to the New York Post, Taco Bell has confirmed the staff member no longer works for the popular Mexican fast food chain.

The company has apologised directly to Mr Lee, and it confirmed the franchisee was retraining staff at the restaurant.

In his Facebook post, Mr Lee explained he usually gave the "fake Anglo name" of Steve instead of his real name to make things easier for staff.

But when he confronted the cashier, he was told there were three Steves in the restaurant, and so he used the slur "to differentiate" between them.

"It made me even more upset that he was protecting his case rather than apologising so I lashed out and told him that it is extremely disrespectful to use such a derogatory slur," Mr Lee wrote.

"He eventually apologised, and although I was still very upset I decided to let the case go.

"What really got me riled up is when I heard him crack up jokes with his co-workers in the kitchen. My friends and I were sitting close to the kitchen so we heard him using the word 'chink' again to describe the situation as he laughed with his co-workers."

Mr Lee said it was important to stand up to racism.

"I thought incidents like this only happen in the news and never expected it to happen to me but I guess it really does happen in the real world," he said.

"Normally I would let things like this go but under the current political climate I find it very important to address such issues and voice them loudly and clearly."

Mr Lee's post was flooded with supportive comments.

One poster wrote: "I really hope that a-hole cashier and manager get fired. This is infuriating and in 2018? My goodness. They need to be held responsible for their insensible actions", with another adding: "thanks for standing up and saying something, I hope more people stand out against racism".

Sadly, offensive receipts are all too common in hospitality.

In May 2017, Neil Perry's Burger Project came under fire after a racist slur was spotted on a receipt in Melbourne, while there are countless examples of similar incidents in US eateries.

 

alexis.carey@news.com.au


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