Rolman Sparkman and Arainia Brown gave a to-go order at an IHOP in Austin, Texas, but disturbingly discovered that their server had typed “BLACK PPL” on top of their receipt.
Sparkman told FOX 7 that, “My girlfriend came up to me and said ‘You see the receipt? It says black people on there.’ I said ‘What do you mean it says black people?’”
The racism was all the more baffling because according to Sparkman, their waiter, Dwayne Williams, was actually black. Sparkman said that, “It's your own people being racist toward you for no reason... That's kind of messed up that you have to put your own people down.”
Williams has since apologized for the incident and claimed it was a very busy morning, but has been fired from his position.
IHOP also released a statement regarding the incident: “This was a poor choice made by our franchisee's team member, and is not in keeping with policies and procedures. We recognize that it could be offensive and sincerely apologize. Everyone is welcome in our restaurants and our franchisee is using this as a teachable moment for the entire team so that it will not reoccur.”
This type of casual racism is unfortunately all-too-common; as Americans, we must continuously point out and address these systemic issues so we can combat further such racially-motivated occurrences.
Brown summed it up best: “Don't label me."
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