A Tennessee waiter said he got a surprise “tip” from a couple he served who were not fond of white people.
Nathan Bergeron, who works at the On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, claimed that a couple left him a $0.00 tip with a note explaining why they didn’t give him a gratuity.
“We don’t tip white ppl! LOL,” read the note at the top of the couple’s $47.00 bill on Sunday, NBC4 reported.
“I was more shocked,” he told NBC4. “The fact that they would be so blatant and put it out there.”
“I treated that table no differently from anyone else,” Bergeron said. “Obviously in this business, we don’t always get a tip. You just move on about it and go onto your next table.”
According to his friend, Brandy Sciara, who shared a picture of the note on her Facebook page, Bergeron depends on those tips and lives in his car outside of the restaurant.
“He’s a good person. He goes to work, does his job,” she said. “When I saw the comment I cried. I was always told, ‘If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all.’”
But as it happens, it may be the greatest tip Bergeron has ever received.
Since the story made news, a GoFundMe page for Bergeron has made more than $6,800, of a $500 goal.
“Community support has been wonderful,” she said. “Everyone is standing behind Nathan.”
The waiter has taken it all in stride.
“I’m not going to let this bring me down,” he told NBC4. “I love what I do. I get to meet new people every day and interact with people from all different backgrounds.”
The restaurant he works for also issued a statement of support.
“We’re always going to take care of our employees and have their back,” the company said.
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