Latina waitress gets stiffed by customer: 'We only tip citizens'

HARRISONBURG,VA. (WHSV) – Now, the owner of the restaurant says she doesn't want the person responsible back in her business.

On Monday, Sadie Elledge served a man and woman two gyros, sodas, and a Greek salad at Jess' Lunch in downtown Harrisonburg. From the start, Elledge says she felt uncomfortable.

"They wouldn't talk to me. They would just nod their heads," said Elledge.

As the blonde woman signed the receipt (which you can see in the video above), she left no tip. That's not so unusual for any server, but the reason why she didn't leave the tip was something Elledge says she has never seen.

The receipt reads: "We only tip citizens."

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"It shouldn't even matter, I just feel like it's rude and disrespectful. I've never met, I've never done anything to them," Elledge said.

It wasn't just disrespectful, but she says it is just plain wrong.

"I was born here, but I'm Mexican and Honduran," said Elledge.

Adding another layer to her disbelief, Elledge says the woman herself had an accent. Jess' Lunch is an immigrant-created and owned business. Here's what Elledge's boss had to say about the note.

"Coward is the word to describe what they did. I have worse words to use," said Angeliki Floros, "But let's go with coward."

Harrisonburg is called the "Friendly City" for a reason, as could be seen this morning. Elledge got a letter from some downtown neighbors, who covered the tip and then some.

Tapping into the same spirit of being a friendly neighbor, Elledge says she would serve them again.

"It makes me the stronger person to not let these things bother me, because I know I'm a good person. I know that," said Elledge.

Meanwhile, the owner of Jess' Lunch is not sold. She wants an apology for Elledge.

"I would like for them to not come here unless they regret what they did," said Floros.

WHSV is aware of the person who allegedly left that note. When we reached out to them over Facebook, they did not respond. Their name has been blurred in the video above.

For more stories out of Harrisonburg, Virginia, go to WHSV.

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