Restaurant says customers left server note reading ‘Don’t Tip Immigrants'

Restaurant says customers left server note reading ‘Don’t Tip Immigrants'
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The owner of a New Jersey restaurant is speaking out after customers allegedly refused to leave a tip and wrote "don't tip immigrants" on the back of a receipt because their server spoke Spanish. 

The incident took place last week, but Under the Moon Cafe owner Santiago Orosco posted about it on Facebook over the weekend. In the post, Orosco said the customers appeared to be having a nice dining experience and remarked on the good service before leaving the note and no tip. 

"While our server was closing out for the evening and reconciling sales receipts, she noticed that these customers had written a note on the back of their bill stating, 'DON’T TIP IMMIGRANTS.' I can only assume that they heard our American multi-lingual server speak Spanish to another employee," Orosco wrote on Facebook. "I am utterly shocked at this blatant ignorance."

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Orosco goes on to call himself a "very proud immigrant" and said the server the customers assumed was an immigrant was born in America and is of Spanish descent. 

"I truly believe that immigrants are key contributors to our society. Also, I am gay, at Under the Moon we accept all people but not ignorance and discrimination. PLEASE DO NOT COME BACK!!!" Orosco also wrote in the post.

In a separate interview with KYW-TV, Orosco said the waitress broke down in tears after seeing the message.

“Unfortunately, the racism right now, because of the world we live in, is a little more out there, but it’s not acceptable by any means,” he told the station.

The incident has drawn national attention and comparisons to similar incidents in recent years. In 2018 a video of a man threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on people speaking Spanish in a restaurant went viral and sparked backlash from liberals and conservatives alike. And last year in Colorado a woman was arrested for alleged bias-motivated harassment after confronting women in a store for speaking Spanish.