A Virginia Beach server says she received a "hateful" note in lieu of a tip after serving a group of high school students.
Rachel Mau, a waitress at a Virginia Beach IHOP, was serving several teen patrons Saturday morning. When she went to clear the meal after the table had finished, Mau says she was shocked to find a note written on the receipt.
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On another, customers from the same group allegedly wrote “Nah” in the tip line.
"It's very hurtful. I've never actually experienced anything like that so it really hurt my feelings. I'm a really friendly person, and I try to be nice to all my tables," Mau, who is of Filippino descent, told WTKR.
"I know they're younger, but I feel like they shouldn't treat people differently because of race.”
The waitress says she served the same group of teens on Friday night without incident. The fact that they’re kids, in her eyes, only makes the note worse.
Said the waitress, "I was shocked they would even have an opinion like that being in high school. I don't think it's respectful to write that about anybody at all.”
The incident comes after a string of reported incidents of so-called receipt rage where customers leave notes—often racist or defamatory in nature—instead of tipping servers.
But Mau says she hopes that by sharing the receipt she can encourage others to treat people respectfully.
"I feel sorry for people who do experience this. I now know how they feel, and that's why I want to spread the word on why you shouldn't treat people like that," she said.