A worker from Wendy’s was fired after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper discovered a receipt with a racial slur on it.
The trooper was standing in a line to get his dinner in a Wendy’s restaurant and saw the receipt laying next to the cash register. At the top of the check there was an N-word, where there is usually the customer’s name or the order number.
The trooper, who was on duty at the time, said he immediately thought of his children. "If my kids were here eating dinner, and I had to show them this receipt or say they saw it?" the trooper said to News 6. "My 6-year-old is learning to read and the first thing he would say is, 'What is this word?'"
Though, when the trooper stepped towards the cashier, the man turned out to be nice, he thanked the trooper for his service and wished him a good day.
Wendy’s didn’t know about the racial slur. As soon as they found out about the incident, they launched an investigation, according to their spokeswoman. The franchise owner, JAE, issued a statement, saying, "While this receipt wasn't directed toward anyone in particular, we take this very seriously and find the language to be offensive and not in line with our values. This was a terrible judgment call by one of our employees, it's completely unacceptable and we no longer employ this individual."
The trooper said he's certain he wasn't the only person to see the word printed on the piece of paper, and he's not sure he will return to a Wendy's restaurant again. He said he first wants to make sure the company improves the way they train their employees.
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