HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (The News Enterprise/KNPS)– Jasmine Brewer was going about her work as a server last week at Applebee’s in Radcliff when a note scribbled on a napkin stopped her.
“We don’t tip black people,” read the note apparently left by a customer.
Brewer sent a photo of the note to her mother, who posted it on Facebook. Since then, Brewer has received an outpouring of support.
“Everybody is on my side and wants to put an end to racism,” she said.
Her mother, Regina Boone, is a teacher at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School. She said she made the post because she wanted to show racism still exists.
“We’re not able to stop racism if people think it doesn’t exist,” she said, adding the only way to stop it is through education.
Brewer has worked at Applebee’s since July. She said it is the second time a customer has left a racist note and no tip. She remembers the group of people she served as standoffish, who didn’t say much to her.
“If they needed something, I got it,” she said. “ … I didn’t realize I was the problem the whole time.”
She considered the note offensive, hurtful and embarrassing. But she wants a better world for her three children. She said she’s worried about them growing up in a racist world.
“I want (racism) to be gone by the time my kids get older,” she said.
Since Boone’s social media post, unsolicited donations have flowed in. Boone said people have given more than $150 to compensate for the lack of tip.