A waitress at an IHOP restaurant in Virginia was on the receiving end of a hateful message by a group of high school students.
Rachel Mau told News 3 that she was serving a group of teenagers on Dec. 10 when she saw a message reading, "Build that wall, Trump Daddy" scrawled at the bottom of the bill receipt.
"It's very hurtful,” she said. “I've never actually experienced anything like that so it really hurt my feelings. I'm a really friendly person, and I try to be nice to all my tables."
In the space where customers are supposed to write in their tip, they had written, “Nah.”
"I know they're younger, but I feel like they shouldn't treat people differently because of race," Mau said.
Mau, who is of Filipino descent, said she had waited on the same kids the evening before the incident and everything had been fine.
It’s when they returned on Saturday morning that she received the offensive note.
"I didn't know if I did something wrong while I was waiting on them or anything," she said.
Mau said that what makes it worse that it was done by kids.
"I was shocked they would even have an opinion like that being in high school,” she said. “I don't think it's respectful to write that about anybody at all."
By sharing her experience, Mau said she hopes to help people understand that words can have consequences.
This isn’t the first time that President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign chant has been used as veiled racist slur.
Just days after the election, a group of middle school students were filmed chanting, “build the wall” in the cafeteria at their school in Royal Oak, Mich.
The incident is a troubling reminder of the effect Trump’s divisive campaign has had on society.
Building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico crossing over to the United States was one of the president-elect’s key campaign issues, although he has since waffled on the idea.
The effect his rhetoric is having on children is greatly concerning as the language is sowing the seeds of xenophobia and nationalism in the minds of impressionable youth who don’t fully understand the repercussions of their actions.
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