After Racial Slur, Waitress Gets $10K Crowd-Funded Tip

Website has fundraiser for Tennessee teen

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 11, 2013 1:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's a rotten story with a nice ending: When a Red Lobster waitress in Nashville got no tip from a patron who instead scrawled the n-word on his bill, she posted it on Facebook. From there, the folks at the Addicting Info website got wind of it and held a "Tips for Toni" online campaign that raised more than $10,000 for 19-year-old Toni Christina Jenkins, reports the Huffington Post. “I literally screamed," Jenkins tells ABC News. "I felt so blessed and so honored that so many people came together on my behalf to give this to me.”

Red Lobster suspended Jenkins for the Facebook post, because it's against company policy, but she has since been allowed back to work. And yes, she knows that some people think it was a hoax. “For people who think it’s fake, my heart goes out to them and I wish them the best.” The chain is now standing by her, too: "No one should have to endure what our employee went through.” (Click to read about a bartender who recently pulled in an even bigger tip.)

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