Customer Won't Tip Homeless Waiter Because He Is White

Even with a job, it can be tough to make ends meet. Just ask one waiter in Memphis, Tennessee, who is also homeless. He's working hard at a restaurant in an attempt to save up for an apartment. He currently lives out of his car. It was a little discouraging when one couple didn't bother leaving him a tip.

When he read the receipt, he said it added insult to injury.

Nathan Bergeron has worked at a popular Mexican restaurant for over a year now, but he's never seen anything like what he saw recently. A couple stiffed him, then left a note saying it was because of his race.

The white waiter says that a black couple left him zero tip, and a note on the receipt that read, "We don't tip white ppl LOL."

"I came back to the table and everything was gone and that's the receipt they had left had that written on top of it," said Bergeron.

The waiter notes that you have to have 'thick skin' if you work in the serving industry. He's been stiffed on the tip before. He's even had mean comments made to him before.

But he's never had a racist comment made. "Not so much like the race one - I've seen like get a real job or something like that," he said.

Bergeron brushed off the message, saying, "You win some, you lose some."

He notes that in the service industry, when it comes to tips, you can have a great day or a terrible day; it's just the nature of the beast. "I'd say even if they came back in I'd still give them the exact same service I did last time," he said.

Bergeron's friend couldn't let it go, though. He reposted a picture of the receipt on Facebook and started a GoFundMe account to try and raise money for him to get a place to live. They had a goal of $500, but have raised nearly 10 times that much.

Stories about waiters and waitresses getting stiffed and finding mean notes on tips are becoming more commonplace. Usually, the offensive messages criticize the server’s race, sexual orientation or appearance, but in many of these cases it has been discovered that the servers wrote the messages themselves in order to get attention and sympathy.

The first couple of times servers came forward to complain about being stiffed, generous people began sending them donations, so it became something of a trend. In other legitimate cases, customers were emboldened to leave rude messages because the practice is becoming more widespread.

Back in February, a black waitress made news that she got a similar message on her receipt that read, "Great service, don’t tip black people." Kelly Carter of Virginia also received donations from outraged people. She was sued by the anonymous customer, who says that he never wrote the racist message, and that he only tipped her .01 cent because she gave such poor service.

Source: WMC, Fox 13
Photos: WMC, GoFundMe, Google

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