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A Red Lobster waitress in Franklin, Tennessee earned over $10,000 through an online fund-raiser after posting the photo of a racial slur written on her tip receipt from one of her customers.
The waitress, 19-year-old Toni Jenkins, was blown away when she picked up her receipt to learn that not only did she not earn a tip, but the “Total” line had the N-word written across it, according to ABC News. “I was just stunned that it happened,” Jenkins said.
On Sept. 10, Jenkins posted a photo of the receipt on her Facebook account, unaware that it would go viral and cause such an uproar. She was shocked to learn that an online fund-raiser earned her $10,749. The fund-raiser, “Tips for Toni,” was initiated by Matthew Hanson on AddictingInfo.org, whose motive was to send a message to racists that Americans are not going to tolerate racism. “We raised $10,000 in 72 hours. It was amazing,” Hanson stated.
Hanson presented the check to Jenkins on Sept. 30 to make up for the non-tip she received for the $44.53 bill. “I was blessed and so honored that so many people came together on my behalf to give this to me.”
According to MSN Now, Jenkins had no knowledge of the fund-raiser and the gesture increased her faith in people. She told ABC News that this type of racist incident “is not something you think in our generation would actually take place.”