Kelly Carter is a black waitress who reportedly received a bill back from a customer with a racist comment sprawled on the bottom. After posting an image of the receipt on social media and other places online, she received donations in the tune of thousands of dollars.
According to original reports, the black waitress waited on a white couple and gave them their check. When she returned to collect the bill and the payment, the couple had written “great service don’t tip black people” on the bottom.
But, Daniel Hebda, an attorney for the white couple says Kelly Carter made the whole thing up. He insists his clients would never write anything like that. And, furthermore, the white couple would never refuse to tip anyone because of race, including an African American woman.
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The incident became a national story, the Loudon County NAACP defended Carter, and a Virginia man launched an online fundraising campaign that produced more than $3,600 on Carter’s behalf.
But the lawyer for the patron denies that they his client made any racist remakes.
“Our client has no ill feelings towards African Americans. Our client did not leave a $0.00 tip. Our client tipped $0.01 out of his own conviction against tipping well for poor service.”
Though the Loudon County NAACP is supporting Carter.
“It’s sad any way it goes,” Philip Thompson, the president of the Loudoun County NAACP, told WTOP.