While it's always important to leave a server a fair tip after dinner, the fact of the matter is that the difference between 10, 15, and 20 percent rarely amounts to more than a couple dollars—especially at a Texas Roadhouse. Still, nothing has the power to turn a person into a hate speech-spewing, xenophobic lunatic quite like getting shortchanged on a bill.
Now Megan Olson, a waitress at a Texas Roadhouse in Denver, Colorado, has been fired after tweeting that she would "kill as many Mexicans as [she] could in one night" if her life was like the movie the Purge. Referencing a universally panned film with a 37 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Olson also used a racial slur in a hashtag, telling Mexican customers to "learn how to tip." An angry, red-faced emoji and a middle finger were also thrown in for good measure.
Unsurprisingly, Olson's employment with Texas Roadhouse—a Western-themed restaurant chain that actually serves a pretty decent chicken-fried steak—was promptly terminated.
"This type of offensive, discriminatory language has absolutely no place at Texas Roadhouse," a spokesperson for the company told Denver7.
"I wrote hurtful, inconsiderate, insensitive and careless words and I understand the amount of people I have offended by that. There are no excuses for what I have done. I sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, apologize to everyone for my momentary lack of judgment," she wrote. "I want you all to know that I do not actually feel this way."
Still, despite Olson's apology, activists are saying the episode is indicative of a larger problem facing America in 2016.
“We have seen a fear-mongering campaign that has legitimized racist comments like this across all social media networks," Maria Handley, the executive director of Generation Latino, told Denver7. "This hateful racist comment from a Greeley waitress is not unique. We are seeing it acted out in public, at schools and in our neighborhoods.”