Imagine ordering a meal to go with your wife, signing your receipt and driving home to only later find that someone had written a derogatory and racial remark on the receipt and posted it online. It recently happened to Devin Barnes who is now suing both Red Lobster and the waitress for $1 million.
It all started when Barnes, 21, ordered food to-go from Red Lobster where a waitress, Toni Christina Jenkins, brought out his food upon arrival. After handing him a receipt, Barnes explains that he wrote none on the tip line and simply signed his name before driving off.
What happened after that is a bit of a mystery at this point.
Somehow the word “n*gger” ended up on the total line which is when Jenkins explains she was so upset, she took a picture of it and posted it on her social media account. Needless to say, as everyone believed it to be real, a firestorm was unleashed upon Barnes who later discovered what he had been accused of.
Barnes reportedly wrote Jenkins an apology letter all the while denying he wrote such a thing saying he would never speak to anyone that way.
As support for Jenkins grew, the online community banded together and managed to raise $10,000 in support of Jenkins and presented it to her.
Now that all is said and done however, it appears the lies quickly snowballed and blocked out the light of the truth from ever seeing the light of day. Since the incident, Jenkins has been suspended from Red Lobster and Barnes has hired a handwriting expert who found, “no significant handwriting characteristics similarities,” between the word “n*gger” and Barnes’ handwriting.
As a result, Barnes has now taken up a suit against the restaurant giant and the waitress herself for a whopping $1 million. The accused explains that the waitress, “willful and malicious[ly]” committed slander that will surely have lasing results.
What do you guys think – does Barnes deserve the $1 million, or is he trying to get a payout of his own? Let us know in the comments below.