COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia restaurant has apologized on social media after a customer says someone she was dining with was giving a napkin with a single homophobic slur written on it and given to her.
The incident happened on Saturday, Dec. 15, and Cyntrell Jones Legette says her friend was given a note with the slur written on it while they celebrated her mother’s birthday at Yesterdays Restaurant and Tavern.
"While eating at Yesterday’s Restaurant and Tavern celebrating my mom’s birthday, one of the kitchen workers placed a note in our friend’s bag that said “f**,'” Legette wrote on Dec. 16. “The manager tried to excuse this disgusting behavior by calling it a joke. There’s nothing funny about being disrespected. Please don’t patronize them.”
The restaurant responded to the post, saying the employee had been terminated and apologizing about the incident. Their post says:
We at Yesterdays Restaurant & Tavern deeply regret the incident that occurred this evening involving a customer and what was a tasteless joke between co-workers. However, this “joke,” was in reality a deeply unfunny, hurtful, and offensive breach of the commitment Yesterdays has made to our community for over forty years to provide an environment that is inclusive and respectful to each and every guest who comes through the door, regardless of color, creed, or sexual orientation.
This is a serious matter and we’re treating it as such. While the employee in question has been dismissed, this is by no means the end of our investigation into interactions between employees, co-workers, and our valued customers. Hopefully, we can use this as learning opportunity not just for the employee in question, but all of us.
To any past or potential guests harboring doubts about the sincerity of this apology, we look forward to proving ourselves as good as our word.
Yesterdays Restaurant & Tavern
Legette responded to the restaurant’s post, saying they don’t desire freebies, but want to go into restaurants and not be harrassed.
“To those who used the term ‘entitled,’ I feel entitled to patronize any establishment and not be harassed. To those who say nothing will make us happy, that is untrue. A sincere apology without making even the slightest excuse or cover up. It was never a joke between employees,” Legette wrote in response. “It’s also too coincidental for that note to have ended up in the bag of a gay man. I always have and will continue to stand up for those who are bullied and mistreated.”