‘Build that wall’: IHOP server says she found hateful note on receipt

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia - "Build that wall, Trump Daddy."

That's the message IHOP server Rachel Mau told WTKR-TV she received from a group of high school students she served at a restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia Saturday morning, December 10th.

"It's very hurtful. I've never actually experienced anything like that so it really hurt my feelings. I'm a really friendly person, and I try to be nice to all my tables," Mau said.

The other receipt says "Nah" where customers are supposed to write in their tip.

"I know they're younger, but I feel like they shouldn't treat people differently because of race," she said.

Mau, who is of Filipino descent, said she waited on the kids Friday night and there weren't any issues.

However, she says they came back Saturday morning, and that's when she received the rude remark.

"I didn't know if I did something wrong while I was waiting on them or anything," she said.

What makes it worse, Mau said, was that this message was coming from kids.

"I was shocked they would even have an opinion like that being in high school. I don't think it's respectful to write that about anybody at all," Mau said.

Mau said she hopes by sharing her story people will realize how just a few words can make a huge impact.

"I feel sorry for people who do experience this," Mau said. "I now know how they feel, and that's why I want to spread the word on why you shouldn't treat people like that."

2 comments

  • Metal Maniac

    I only leave a tip if they know where I live, if they are a very close friend, or they did an excellent job. With those factors i probably only tip 15-20% of the time. If you just hand me a menu and bring out my food that is called your job you get paid $3 an hour or so for that. I could go in the back and do it myself.

    If you refill my water every time it is low, you will probably get a tip. If i have to flag you down, your tip is gone. It’s a two way streak. And yes, I have worked jobs where tips are a big part of your pay. You learn to hustle or its not a job for you.

    Last month I did not tip a bartender and he immediately insulted me and it just reinforced the idea of not tipping. No need to write a hateful message, just don’t tip. It’s completely legal to not leave a tip.

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