ASHBURN, VA – A black waitress who received thousands of dollars in donations after she claimed she received a racist note and no tip from a customer in January made the whole story up, the customer claims.
Kelly Carter, a waitress at Anita’s New Mexico Cafe in Ashburn, Va., claimed that a white man declined to tip her for service on his $30.52 restaurant bill and that he wrote “Great service, don’t tip black people” at the bottom of his receipt.
Daniel Hebda, a lawyer for the customer in question, said in a statement on Friday that his client did leave Carter a tip, one penny, because her service was lacking, not because she is black.
“Our client did not nor would he ever write anything about refusing to tip African Americans because of their race,”said Hebda. “Our client has no ill feelings towards African Americans. Our client did not leave a $0.00 tip. Our client tipped $0.01 out of his own conviction against tipping well for poor service.”
Carter, however, insists that the story is true. “I looked at the receipt three times is what I did. Because I was shocked. Because I’ve never, never being a server seen that,” she told WRCTV (http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Shocking-Message-On-Waitress_-Receipt_Washington-DC-410044465.html).
The incident became a national news story after Carter posted a photo of the receipt on social media and the Loudon County NAACP quickly stepped in to investigate the matter.
A Virginia man who said he was “appalled” over the alleged incident launched an online fundraising campaign that produced more than $3,600 in donations on Carter’s behalf.