Cheddar’s in Murfreesboro, Tennessee disavowed server and her offensive Snapchat
Chelsea Mayes and four of her friends headed to a Murfreesboro Cheddar’s location after Sunday’s church service. The 22-year-old thought she’d had a good meal, but afterward her server’s hateful Snapchat rant went viral, the details of the hate-filled posting were passed around the Murfreesboro community, and Mayes started feeling a little differently about her dining experience.
One of the victim’s, Chelsea Anne responded to the hate crime by showing remarkable Christian charity. In a Facebook post titled Racism Still Lives, she shared her experiences
The offensive posting was laced with the ‘n’ word all through
Mayes took to social media to respond in epic fashion.
“Yesterday this photo of a Murfreesboro Cheddars employee started circulating on social media. Being as though I was lucky enough to be one of the ‘n—-rs’ she speaks of, I feel it’s only necessary to give my view!”
The hate-fueled server was actually friends with one of Mayes’ group, all of whom were members of the college choir at the local First Baptist Church. Mayes said they left a generous tip and didn’t find out about the racist post until a friend texted her about it later in the day.
“You never truly know the person behind the smile. No matter how much love and joy you spread, there will always be someone with hate in their heart towards you, regardless if it’s in your face or when you leave. It’s up to you how you handle it,” Mayes wrote.
“I am personally extremely proud of myself. If this had of been Chelsea a couple years ago, Cheddars [would] have been flipped upside down. But now I just feel sorry for her.
“This ‘n—-r’ is pretty nice.
“This ‘n—-r’ actually enjoyed your company.
“This ‘n—-r’ is praying for you.
“This ‘n—-r’ loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it!”
Afterward, the server was fired.
Mayes, responded with a post of her own when she found out about the racist Snapchat post later in the day.
“When you use slander against other demographics, that shows you are not inclusive and that’s not a work environment that you want to create,” said Monica Wentworth, director of Lipscomb University’s Career Center.
Wentworth said in the last five years, social media has been at the forefront of the conversations she has with students.
“We are always a brand. We are always a representative of who we work for, and if you want to represent that company, use good words that represent them,” Wentworth said.
Lee Greer, president of the management group that owns Cheddar’s in Murfreesboro, sent the following statement:“We, ourselves, were shocked and offended after learning one of our servers had posted comments on social media that were hurtful and derogatory.”
“This type of behavior will never be tolerated in our restaurants. The server was immediately suspended and ultimately terminated after our internal investigation.”
Mayes said she was glad the two-faced served got axed.
“If there’s no repercussion for these actions, it’s as though they’re saying it’s OK for these actions to happen again. I don’t have any ill will toward her. If that were the case, I’d be no better than her”.
“Life is too short to be mad. If I stay mad, I’m not going to be hurting anybody but myself.”