Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Taco Bell employee allegedly berates Asian customer with racial slur on receipt

Taco Bell employee allegedly berates Asian customer with racial slur on receipt

A Taco Bell cashier has been fired after printing a racial slur on a customer's receipt.

The fast food chain issued the statement Tuesday following reports that a cashier in Philadelphia used a slur to describe a student on a printed receipt over the weekend.

University student In Young Lee visited a Taco Bell chain in Philadelphia in the United States last week after spending the evening with a couple of friends.

"Our interaction was very simple, even cordial, until I saw the name on the receipt", writes the young man.

'I was so infuriated that I couldn't help but to confront the cashier, ' Lee said.

"When I confronted him, he said that there are three Steves in the restaurant so he needed to differentiate".

"I lashed out and told him that it is extremely disrespectful to use such a derogatory slur".

Although Lee was upset at the encounter, he initially let it slide after the cashier apologized.

Lee told CBS Philly that he told the cashier his name was "Steve" so that he wouldn't have to spell out his real name, saying it would be "inconvenient for both the cashier and me".

Taco Bell says the franchisee is retraining staff at the restaurant and management has apologized directly to Lee. But that wasn't the name used to identify the order.

"I actually heard them talking about this incident, and he was laughing and joking about it, and that's when I got really, really upset", Lee told The Daily Pennsylvanian in an interview.

The store manager quickly approached Lee apologizing for the slur that was used, but then told Lee has was now being disrespectful because he snatched food from one of the employees.

A Taco Bell Public Relations representative said in an email to The Daily Pennsylvanian, "We do not tolerate this behavior".

Lee said that the manager appeared to be trying to defuse the problem through redirecting the fault to him.

It listed his name as "Steve Chink" - a common, offensive slur aimed at people of Asian descent. It was only after others in the restaurant started calling out the cashier and manager that they apologized again. "So I got up to the counter, said, 'Are you f***ing kidding me, ' and I was yelling and cursing at him, which I shouldn't have".

"I thought incidents like this only happen in the news and never expected it to happen to me but I guess it really does happen in the real world", he said.

Mr Lee's post was flooded with supportive comments.

A Taco Bell employee allegedly left a racial slur on his customer's receipt.

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