A Texas waiter created a nationwide controversy when he claimed a racist customer left a hateful message for him on their bill at Saltgrass Steak House.
“We don’t tip terrorist,” the alleged note said.
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However, the restaurant has now determined that the entire thing was a hoax.
In a statement to the Odessa American, Saltgrass Steak House COO Terry Turney confirmed the “employee fabricated the entire story.” The restaurant reportedly conducted an investigation after the story went viral.
“The customer has been contacted and invited back to our restaurant to dine on us. Racism of any form is intolerable, and we will always act swiftly should it occur in any of our establishments. Falsely accusing someone of racism is equaling disturbing,” Turney added.
The waiter, 20-year-old Khalil Cavil, who is black, alleged the customer left no tip on a $108 bill and left the racist message.
"I did write it," Cavil said, admitting to a reporter that he "lied" in a previous interview. "I don’t have an explanation. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for what I did."
The waiter claimed he wanted to start a conversation "about this hatred that is still going on, that is still here and prevalent. I just wanted people to understand that” — but it was all a lie.
Cavil also claimed he was "inspired by Martin Luther King to share the receipt on Facebook," according to the New York Post.
Cavil has been fired from his job at Saltgrass Steak House.
That’s what we call getting served a piping hot plate of karma.