When tips go viral, it's usually because a customer dropped a massive amount of money on the table, or some mouth-breather decided it was the best way to leave their server a rude message. John Elledge, however, was so incensed by the hateful, racist note his 18-year-old granddaughter, Sadie Karina Elledge, received in lieu of a gratuity, that he shared a photo of the receipt with the world.
Last week, customers dining at Jess' Lunch in Harrisonburg, Virginia wrote, "We only tip citizens" where they should have left Sadie 20 percent. When the waitress, who is of Mexican and Honduran descent, showed the receipt to Elledge, he posted it on Facebook and wrote his own note to the customer who signed it: "You are a complete and total piece of dung."
"I just thought it was really disrespectful. You should treat everybody the same," Sadie said in an interview with WHSV on Facebook Live on Thurday. "Like, just because you can tell that I’m Hispanic does not mean anything bad. Treat me the same way as you would want to be treated."
Though Elledge is white, he told the Washington Post that he married a Honduran woman in the 1980s and adopted her children. Sadie's father—Elledge's son— is Honduran, and her mother is Mexican. She was born in the United States, making her a US citizen, and Elledge considers his household "a pretty typical bicultural family.” He saw the customer's note as a particularly painful affront to his grandchild's multi-cultural identity.
"I’d happily do the jail time if I could get just one solid punch in to the face of the son of a bitch who paid for his meal at the luncheonette where my granddaughter works and left the receipt for her with a note saying, “Sorry, we only tip citizens,” Elledge, who is a lawyer, wrote on Facebook.
After Elledge's post went viral, the couple who left Sadie the note returned to Jess' Lunch to berate the manager. They were upset that four digits from their credit card were legible, and now being shared around the world. But before things reached a head, Elledge arrived at the restaurant to confront the customers.
"[The woman who paid for the meal] was asking me why I posted it," Elledge said. "I said obviously, it was an insult—your signature against my granddaughter—darn right I’m going to post it. And no apologies."
[via Washington Post]