Waitress Fired After Sharing Racist Snapchat About Black Customers


On Sunday, Chelsea Mayes and four of her friends went to a Cheddar’s restaurant in Tennessee after church. At the time, they were pleased with their service and left the seemingly friendly waitress a 25 percent tip.

Later that day, one of Mayes’ friends recognized the waitress on Snapchat and discovered a photo with a startlingly racist caption.


As you can imagine, Mayes and her friends were upset when they discovered that the waitress who smiled to their faces was posting disturbing racist slurs about them on social media. Despite the cruelty of the post, Mayes took the highroad when she called out the server’s racism on Facebook.

The post was eventually picked up by the Daily News Journal, and the waitress was let go.

“We, ourselves, were shocked and offended after learning one of our servers had posted comments on social media that were hurtful and derogatory,” Lee Greer, president of Mint Julep Restaurant Management Group Inc. and owner-operator of Cheddar’s Murfreesboro, said in a statement issued to the Daily News Journal. “This type of behavior will never be tolerated in our restaurants. The server was immediately suspended and ultimately terminated after our internal investigation.”

Mayes told CNN Money that it wasn’t her intention for the waitress to get fired after responding to her Snapchat.

“I would never want to cause a hardship on anyone else,” said the 21-year-old business school student, “but at the same time there needs to be a repercussion for her action.”

It’s clear that Mayes is still understandably a little heartbroken over how someone could be so friendly to her face and so vicious behind her back.

“I’m human, so my feelings were hurt,” said Mayes. “You think that you made a connection with somebody, and to go and see what she really thinks of us was really hurtful.”

Mayes remarkably positive social media post was, in part, inspired by the 2015 death of her infant son. She ultimately decided that “life was too short” to be embroiled in anger.

In an appalling twist, a woman claiming to be the unnamed waitress’ mother contacted Mayes and admonished her for being upset.

“People are being shot by attack rifles and stabbings all over the world,” Mayes said the mother wrote, “and you are this concerned over one comment that was made by a sweet cute little blonde?”

If that cute little blonde was dropping N-bombs, how sweet could she really be?

“My response to her was that last year there were nine people shot down in South Carolina by a sweet little cute blonde,” said Mayes. “Does that make it OK?”

Although Cheddar’s fired the waitress, Mayes told the Washington Post that the place has been soured for her.

“It is my favorite restaurant,” said the cosmetologist and day care worker. “And to be honest, I don’t see myself going back.”


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