Cyntrell Jones Legette went to Yesterday’s Restaurant & Tavern in Columbia, South Carolina to celebrate her mother’s birthday, what she didn’t expect was having to deal with an anti-gay slur.
The restaurant has admitted that a kitchen worker put the note in a takeout bag.
When this was brought to the attention to the manager, she said that they said it was just a “joke”. But when she posted the note to Facebook, the owners immediately began to sing a different tune.
“While eating at Yesterday’s Restaurant & Tavern celebrating my mom’s birthday, one of the kitchen workers placed a note in our friend’s bag that said ‘fag.’ The manager tried to excuse this disgusting behavior by calling it a joke,” Legette wrote in the post. “There’s nothing funny about being disrespected. Please don’t patronize them.”
The owners eventually did respond by posting an apology on their Facebook page and call the incident a “serious matter” and wanted diners to know that the employee was terminated on the spot.
In the post, restaurant’s staff say they “deeply regret the incident that occurred this evening involving a customer. It was hurtful and offensive breach of the commitment Yesterdays has made to our community for over forty years to provide an environment that is inclusive and respectful to each and every guest who comes through the door, regardless of color, creed, or sexual orientation.”
“To any past or potential guests harboring doubts about the sincerity of this apology, we look forward to proving ourselves as good as our word. We have had two daily staff meetings to address this terrible breach of our values and intend to have the whole staff in a meeting after the Christmas Holidays when our college staff will be back in town.”