Texas IHOP receipt identifies customers as 'BLACK PPL'
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas couple is outraged after they found the words “BLACK PPL” at the top of their International House of Pancakes receipt when they settled up for their meal early Monday morning.
Rolman Sparkman and his girlfriend Arainia Brown said they were shocked when they saw the bill.
“My girlfriend came up to me and said ‘You see the receipt? It says black people on there.’ ‘I said what do you mean it says black people’”? Sparkman said when he was being interviewed by Fox 7 in Austin.
What the couple found surprising was that their IHOP waiter, Dwayne, was also black.
“People are being racist, and it's your own people being racist toward you for no reason,” Sparkman said.
Brown said she’s worked as a waitress before and pointed out there are other ways to identify people when providing them with service.
“We either put a number or the color of their shirt, not their skin color,” Brown said.
The waiter, Dwayne Williams, took to Facebook to apologize for the incident, calling it a slip-up while he was trying to get orders out. He even reached out to the TV station that aired the story, apologizing and saying it happened during a busy morning.
IHOP’s statement regarding the incident was as follows:
“This was a poor choice made by our franchisee's team member, and is not in keeping with policies and procedures. We recognize that it could be offensive and sincerely apologize. Everyone is welcome in our restaurants and our franchisee is using this as a teachable moment for the entire team so that it will not reoccur.”
The furious couple said the waiter should be fired, and they’ll never go back to that particular pancake house again.
“That's kind of messed up that you have to put your own people down,” Sparkman said.
Dwayne Williams was fired shortly after the incident happened.
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