Red Lobster might really be in trouble this time. We just reported on how a waitress, Tori Christina Jenkins, received ‘None, N****r’ instead of a tip this past weekend from racist customers at the Franklin, TN Red Lobster where she works. Now, instead of standing behind Jenkins, Red Lobster has suspended her, citing a violation of company policy as the reason.
A spokesman for Red Lobster, Mike Bernstein, said in an email to the Huffington Post that suspension with pay is “standard procedure” when company policy is violated. In this case, the violation would be publicly posting a receipt, which Jenkins’ father did, on Facebook, Sunday night, with a status message saying “that we still have much ignorance to overcome.”
Bernstein went on to write:
We take this extremely seriously. This kind of language is completely disgusting and has no place in our restaurant or anywhere else, and we are committed to getting to the bottom of what happened as quickly as possible.
He also said that Red Lobster is “extremely disturbed” by the message.
I am sure that the only thing they are disturbed by is the amazing amount of publicity this is getting, especially since the fact that they suspended Jenkins on top of everything else she has been through with this ordeal. All this young lady is trying to do is make a living. No one should be subjected to that kind of treatment at their place of work, and the suspension just adds insult to injury, any “policies” they might have in place be damned.
Do the right thing, Red Lobster. Bring this young lady back to work, and condemn what these customers did.
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