Alexia Washington has worker fired after being left a racist incendiary slur on a customer receipt at ‘Who Dat’s’ restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi.
An employee at a Mississippi restaurant was fired after writing a racist slur on an African-American customer’s receipt.
Alexia (Lex) Washington a student at the University of Mississippi, and friend, Jakez Smith visited ‘Who Dat’s’ in Oxford on June 7 and placed a meal order.
The two ‘black’ women were horrified when they received a receipt from a male worker at the drive-thru and saw a line reading: ‘Black b*****s in silver car.’
Washington said she immediately reported the inappropriate remark to the manager of Who Dat’s, who made the employee apologize.
Lex Washington: ‘I’m trying to figure out ways to move forward and make Oxford a more progressive place.’
Jakez Smith shared a photo of the receipt in a Facebook post, along with a description of the transaction and an allegation that a manager ‘laughed in [Washington’s] face’ upon explaining what had transpired.
Since then, Who Dat’s Drive-Thru has issued an apology and apparently fired the unidentified employee who issued the receipt with the racial slur.
‘If you create an environment where people feel comfortable to say things like that, to act in that manner, then you are enabling the problem,’ Washington told WTVA. ‘I’m trying to figure out ways to move forward and make Oxford a more progressive place.’
Posted Washington on her Facebook wall (since removed): ‘I have been racially ridiculed and demeaned as a African American Female,’
‘I seek justice for this hate crime and I will no longer remain silent. I’ve lived in Oxford for 5 years and I’m still having to deal with this type of ignorance.’
Washington said she’d requested that the employee who printed the slur on the receipt be fired, as she felt ‘racially ridiculed and demeaned as a African American female.’
Posted Washington on Facebook at the time, ‘I seek justice for this hate crime and I will no longer remain silent,’.
‘I’ve lived in Oxford for 5 years and I’m still having to deal with this type of ignorance. I’m not a rude or hateful person.
‘I was not rude when I was at this establishment and was greeted with this kind of service. I will not stand for it.’
Shortly after her post, Who Dat’s owner Wylie Coleman posted a message on Facebook saying that the employee’s contract was terminated.
Who Dat’s Drive-Thru wrote an explanation and apology on Facebook, saying, ‘From the bottom of my heart I would like to apologize to the young ladies that were attacked by this injustice. We have a lot of work to do as humans & a representative of the community … I would like to inform everyone that I will not condone this anywhere.’
Welcome to a racially divided America…. if not now, but always….
But there’s more…..
Come Saturday afternoon, June 15, Washington explained she felt compelled to take down her former Facebook post, with the woman writing: ‘ATTN: the post was removed from my page because the comment section was promoting a type of behavior that I am not seeking nor do I support. Once again I state, I’m not trying to bring hate on anyone else or allow other people to use my incident as an excuse to be hateful towards other people. I am still challenging those in authority in Oxford to do a better job of making minorities feel welcomed while also having repercussions for those who choose to act in the manner of that employee. My status will not prevent what happened to myself or others in the future if action is not taken. I will be speaking to Oxford representatives this week on a solution to this problem. If anyone has experienced such injustice ,like myself, in the City of Oxford and would like to come forward to speak about it to the City of Oxford Officials please comment or DM me for more information. Together we shall be heard and we will make a change in this community one way or another.’