After coming under criticism for writing a racist joke on an Asian customer's receipt, The Cornerstone Cafe has fired the server responsible, according to Yahoo.
A woman noticed her name written out as "Ching Chong" on her receipt for steak and eggs. She showed the image of the receipt to her daughter, who shared the photo with a friend known as “Ziggy Chau" on Facebook. The image quickly went viral, with Chau calling for a boycott of the restaurant.
“Racism has no place ANYWHERE. Asians friends――- speak up for ALL... not just when it affects you, please," wrote Chau on social media. "Can you please share this to your page? Hate to get political but in light of what is happening here in the USA and our current president seem to make it ok to come out and be blatantly racist.”
Chau's post led to negative reviews on the restaurant's Yelp page and an eventual confrontation with a restaurant manager. “I explained the situation to the manager by the name of Rocco who then proceeded to ask me so what is the customer’s name then? I said regardless, the receipt said 'Ching Chong,' a derogatory term for Asians," wrote Chau.
“He made an excuse and said maybe the server misheard the name," Chau continued. "I said the receipt is being shared on social media and his restaurant should respond to it... I asked him to issue a public apology on their social media channels so we shall see what happens.”
The restaurant did, in fact, ultimately issue an apology.
"This situation leaves me no choice than to terminate this employee for this unjustified act. It definitely does not reflect the way the Cornerstone staff or I think because of one individuals stupidity," the restaurant's manager, who identified himself only as Rocco, said in a post on Cornerstone's verified Facebook page.The restaurant's Facebook page has since been deleted.
Both Chau and Cornerstone Cafe have not responded to questions about the incident.