Oh look, more evidence to the already obvious reality that fat-shamers feel comfortable enough with their bullying to do it publicly: a bartender named “Jeff” at Chilly D’s Restaurant in Stockton, CA, typed in “Fat Girls” as the name of a table with three female customers. The receipt, which lists three sodas and three orders of tri-tips with fries total $25.50, shocked the women.
“I got the bill, I was looking at bill [and] I was like, ‘Why does this receipt say ‘fat girls?’” said customer Christine Duran. Naturally, she questioned the deplorable–not to mention passive aggressive–comment. The manager, however, was apparently unreceptive to the (extremely justifiable) complaints of the customers; according to Duran, he “had like a smirk on his face, like it was funny but trying not to laugh.” Because fat shaming is hilarious!
As many people would, the women declined to pay the bill, even after the restaurant offered both a 25% discount and eventually a 50% one. Apparently, the establishment thought it was doing them a favor by reducing the bill; instead, the gradual monetary pseudo-apology just makes this manager seem even more out-of-touch with how unprofessional and rude this incident was.
Other upper management seemed to be more inclined to apologize (possibly because of all the negative publicity fat-shaming can do to a business), with the owner of the Cameo Club Casino–where Chilly D’s is located–Maggie Lewis apologizing in a Facebook message for the treatment Duran and her friends received, calling it “intolerable in our establishment.”
Co-owner of Chilly D’s, Jimmy Siemers, said, “I just want to tell them we’re sincerely sorry and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure this never happens to anyone again.” Well, I think he can start by firing “Jeff”; personally insulting customers seems to be a condonable reason for dismissal.