Server receives 'racist' note instead of tip

Server receives 'racist' note instead of tip

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Many people throughout Virginia and nation have expressed outrage, after a server got what she calls a "nasty and racist" comment on a receipt. And the entire exchange was caught on surveillance camera.

Now, the owner of the restaurant says she doesn't want the person responsible back in her business.

On Monday, Sadie Elledge served a man and woman two gyros, sodas and a Greek salad at Jess' Lunch in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. From the start, Elledge says she felt uncomfortable.

"They wouldn't talk to me. They would just nod their heads," said Elledge.

As the blonde woman signed the receipt (which you can see in the video above), she left no tip. That's not unusual for any server, but the reason why she didn't leave the tip was something Elledge says she has never seen.

The receipt reads: "We only tip citizens."

"It shouldn't even matter, I just feel like it's rude and disrespectful. I've never met, I've never done anything to them," Elledge said.

It wasn't just disrespectful, but she says it is just plain wrong.

"I was born here, but I'm Mexican and Honduran," said Elledge.

Adding another layer to her disbelief, Elledge said the woman herself had an accent.

Jess' Lunch is an immigrant-created and owned business. Here's what Elledge's boss had to say about the note.

"Coward is the word to describe what they did. I have worse words to use," said Angeliki Floros. "But let's go with coward."

Harrisonburg is called the 'Friendly City' for a reason, as could be seen this morning. Elledge got a letter from some downtown neighbors, who covered the tip and then some.

Tapping into the same spirit of being a friendly neighbor, Elledge said she would serve them again.

"It makes me the stronger person to not let these things bother me, because I know I'm a good person. I know that," said Elledge.

Meanwhile, the owner of Jess' Lunch is not sold. She wants an apology for Elledge.

"I would like for them to not come here unless they regret what they did," said Floros.

Affiliate WHSV knows the identity of the person who allegedly left that note. When they reached out to them over Facebook, they did not respond. That person's name has been blurred in the video above.

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