After a Virginia waitress didn’t receive a tip from a couple she served simply because of her race, other people have rallied to her support after her story went viral.
On Saturday, Kelly Carter served a white couple but received this handwritten note instead of a tip: “Great service don’t tip black people.”
She said she was surprised, because the couple seemed like normal patrons and even complimented the mean. “The lady was saying they loved the potpie meal,” Carter said.
Tommy Tellez, Sr., the owner of Anita’s New Mexico Style Café in Ashburn said that Carter is a popular waitress there. Customers will often ask to be seated in her section and tip her generously, offering hugs as well.
“She has a following,” he said. “Her philosophy for customer service is way beyond the norm — and we’re really happy to have her.”
Carter was surprised by the note but won’t let it stop her from continuing her philosophy of customer service.
“He didn’t hurt me, he only hurt himself — he only makes me stronger,” she said.
She added that she wouldn’t have a problem serving the customers again. “Just me serving them will let them know they did not get the best of me — and I truly mean that.”