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- The owner of a Bordentown, New Jersey, restaurant says a couple left an anti-immigrant note for their server who is multilingual.
- The message states, "Don't Tip Immigrants," according to the owner who shared a picture of the note on the restaurant's Facebook page.
- The owner condemned the couple and also pointed out that the server is multilingual and was born in America.
The owner of a Burlington County restaurant is speaking out after claiming recent customers left an anti-immigrant message on a bill for a multilingual server.
Santiago Orosco, the owner of Under the Moon Café in Bordentown, said the incident occurred Thursday night when a couple in their mid to late 40’s entered his restaurant.
The couple raved about the food, atmosphere and service, according to Orosco.
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“At the end of service our server grabbed the check from the table, told the customers goodnight and thanked them as they were leaving,” Orosco wrote on Facebook.
While the server was closing out for the night, she noticed a written note on the back of the bill which stated, “Don’t Tip Immigrants!”
“I can only assume that they heard our American multi-lingual server speak Spanish to another employee,” Orosco said. “I am utterly shocked at this blatant ignorance.”
Orosco said he’s owned Under the Moon Café for the past 13 years, calling Bordentown an “amazing” community that he and his family are “extremely proud” to be a part of. He also wrote that he was proud of being an immigrant and described how hard his family worked.
“I truly believe that immigrants are key contributors to our society,” Orosco wrote. “Also, I am gay, at Under the Moon we accept all people but not ignorance and discrimination.”
Orosco also had a message for the couple who allegedly left the note, telling them, ‘Please do not come back!’
Orosco ended his Facebook post, which has been shared over 200 times so far, with a bit of irony.
“Your server, who helped create an excellent experience for you, who you discriminated against with written ignorance and no tip, is not an immigrant,” Orosco wrote. “She is of Spanish descent, born in America and is multi-lingual.”