Wednesday 24 January 2018

'No ice n****' - Waiter suspended after woman reads racial slur on food bill

Restaurant management are 'appalled' by 'unacceptable behaviour' of one of their waiting staff

(Photo: Twitter/Jehan'sDream)
(Photo: Twitter/Jehan'sDream)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A restaurant has suspended an employee after a black woman read the words 'no ice n****' on her receipt after enjoying dinner with a group of friends.

The receipt, which detailed the food and drinks brought to the table, read: '1 Pt Diet Coke' with the racial slur typed underneath.

The incident occurred at The Happenstance, a trendy London eaterie in central London.

It is reported the group of women challenged staff over the offensive message but were told "we don't know how it got there".

A friend of the woman posted an image of the receipt on social media network Twitter where the photo has been shared hundreds of times and many have expressed their outrage.

He captioned the photo: "A friend just received this bill from the white staff at London's happenstancebar. Absolutely crazy."

The group that own the restaurant has officially apologised for the incident and confirmed that a member of staff has been suspended from the eaterie pending an investigation.

Management at the restaurant said they are "appalled" by the "unacceptable behaviour" of one of their waiting staff and have suspended the staff member. They also said they are "saddened" that the staff member's behaviour could damage their reputation.

In a statement released online, they wrote: "We are appalled by the unacceptable behaviour of one of our waiting staff.

"He has been suspended from duty pending a full disciplinary.

"We have contacted two members of the group that were at The Happenstance yesterday afternoon and have apologised unequivocally. "Drake & Morgan as a business do not discriminate on the grounds of race, age, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability or colour.

"The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff treat customers as well as colleagues.

"We cannot apologise enough and are saddened that one person’s irresponsible behaviour could risk damaging our reputation".

The restaurant also wrote on Twitter: "The waiter is now suspended pending full disciplinary. His behaviour is unacceptable. We apologise profusely."

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