Come hungry, leave angry.
That’s what happened to a Texas couple that says they ordered food from an Austin IHOP restaurant — and were horrified to get a receipt naming them only as “BLACK PPL.”
But the worker behind the receipt was also black — and said his apparent racism was only the result of rushing on the job.
“In my rush to put in to-go orders and tend to my tables, I forgot to get a name for the (couples’) order,” waiter Dwayne Williams wrote on his Facebook after the story broke Monday.
“I apologize if I offended anyone because that wasn’t my intention. As a proud black prince myself, my sisters and brothers, I have no doubt that we will continue discussions about this and learn how to deal with our feelings of hurt in a more positive way that doesn’t take away from someone else.”
But the couple — Arainia Brown and her boyfriend Rolman Sparkman — weren’t willing to overlook the supposed simple mistake.
“People are being racist, and it’s your own people being racist toward you for no reason,” Sparkman told Fox7Austin.
“That’s kind of messed up that you have to put your own people down.”
Brown added that she once worked as a waitress, and in similar situations, she sometimes identified customers by the colors of their clothes — not the color of their skin.
The couple vowed to never return to the franchise.
IHOP released a statement calling the racial receipt “a poor choice” that “is not in keeping with policies and procedures.”