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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Oct 14, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
I have run across this story quite often over the last month. Only now am I leaving any comments on all the facts that have been presented. Basically, the waitress had nothing to gain by writing a racist remark on the receipt. What did she stand to gain? Who would want to re-live an experience like that. Sure, the receipt went viral. But, however, I certainly wouldn't have ever expected people not involved in the incident to come out of pocket on my behalf. Some people, possibly on this forum, have stated that this waitress is getting a "handout" from donors. How is it a handout when it's a volunteer army? Furthermore, this waitress was, for all intents and purposes, unaware that any fundraiser was being held. I think it's best to look at this story for what it is. A tragedy turned into a triumph. There will always be a sect of people in our society who look for the bad in any situation. But, come on. Give the lady a break. Mercy and kindness prevailed.
Oct 13, 2013 9:53 AM CDT
Oct 13, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
Why would she fake it? No one offered her money 'if it happened'. What, at the time of her posting the ticket, could have been her financial motive?