A Muslim server at a Texas steakhouse published a photo to Facebook of a customer’s bill with, “We don’t tip terrorist,” written across the top.
Now, it turns out the whole thing was a lie.
Khalil Cavil, a server at Saltgrass Steak House in Odessa, Texas, posted the imagine–which, in addition to the offensive comment, had his name “Khalil” circled and a zero in the tip field–in order to show that “about this hatred that is still going on, that is still here and prevalent. I just wanted people to understand that.”
Cavil’s post quickly went viral, and he received about $1,000 in donations from the American public.
But the truth came out after his employer stuck by him–and decided to ban the customer who allegedly wrote the note. It quickly became clear that the customer did not write the note.
“After further investigation, we have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story,” said Terry Turney, COO of Saltgrass Steak House. “The customer has been contacted and invited back to our restaurant to dine on us. Racism of any form is intolerable, and we will always act swiftly should it occur in any of our establishments. Falsely accusing someone of racism is equally disturbing.”
After the truth came out, Cavil admitted to faking the story, and said that “most” of the money he received from well-wishers had been returned.
“I’m sorry,” Cavil told the local Odessa American newspaper. “I deeply made a huge, big mistake. And I’m in the process of getting the help that I need.”