Texas Roadhouse to racist waitress: Hit the road
A Greeley waitress broke from the modern expression of racial resentment, coded language and red-herring-ism by using explicit hate speech on Twitter. (This, by the way, isn’t an Onion article.)
Megan Olson was working at the Texas Roadhouse in Greeley earlier this month when, in response to an unsatisfactory tip, she turned to the Twitterverse, writing, “If we had a real life purge, I would kill as many Mexicans as I could in one night.” She followed her statement with a hashtag that contained profanity and a racial slur.
The tweet provoked outrage online, with many condemning its racist nature, and some simply admonishing Olson for not accepting lower tips as an occupational hazard in restaurant work.
Maria Handley, executive director of Generation Latino, blamed Donald Trump’s divisiveness for the hateful language.
“We have seen a fear-mongering campaign that has legitimized racist comments like this across all social media networks,” Handley said. “This vitriol and hate that we are seeing in our communities is real and the man leading that is running for president.”
Olson’s manager reportedly was mowing his lawn when he was alerted of the Tweet. He told her to hit the road.
“This employee has been terminated as discrimination of any sort is not tolerated at Texas Roadhouse,” reads the chain’s Facebook page.
Rest assured, Colorado: Olson won’t be serving any more Cactus Blossoms, Rattlesnake Bites or “Kenny’s Cooler’s”— blue adult beverages “inspired by Kenny Chesney’s island lifestyle,” according to the Roadhouse’s website— to anyone, regardless of race, creed, color or tipping tendencies.
[Photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart via Creative Commons in Flickr]
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