Just when you start to lose all hope for humanity, good people prove that the world is still full of love.
Waitress Kelly Carter served a white couple during breakfast at Anita’s New Mexico Style Cafe in Ashburn, Virginia, on Saturday. All was going well until the couple left her a racist note on their receipt instead of a tip, The Raw Story reports.
“Great service don’t tip black people,” the note read.
According to Carter, the couple didn’t disrespect her or give any impression that they were displeased with her service while dining at the restaurant. She said they even said they “loved the potpie meal.”
After such a pleasant encounter, one could imagine Carter’s shock upon discovering the couple’s insulting and racist note.
"I'm appalled. This is so disheartening," said Anita’s owner Tommy Tellez Sr. following the incident.
Another customer took a photo of the receipt and shared it on Facebook, which has since gone viral with many people offering support to Carter.
Tellez reportedly said that customers have been coming in and asking, specifically, to sit in Carter’s section so they can leave her a generous tip while others have also stopped in to give her hugs and gifts.
“She has a following,” Tellez said. “Her philosophy for customer service is way beyond the norm — and we’re really happy to have her.”
Carter has shown strength and resilience following the incident as she returned to work the very next day at 6 a.m. ready to begin her shift. She even said she would be willing to serve the couple if they ended up in her section again.
“He didn’t hurt me, he only hurt himself — he only makes me stronger,” said Carter. “Just me serving them will let them know they did not get the best of me — and I truly mean that.”
An experience that could have broken Carter’s spirits turned out to be one that empowered her. The outpouring of encouragement Carter has received exemplifies that the greater good always wins over the hateful actions of a few people.
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