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Posted: July 26, 2015

Waitress fired, restaurant owner sorry after customers labeled 'black couple' on receipt

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By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. —

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A waitress in Maryland Heights, Missouri, is out of a job after she reportedly labeled two of her customers as "black couple" on a restaurant receipt.

According to KTVI, Kimberli Wilson and a companion were at Patrick's Westport Grill on July 18 when she saw the words at the top of the bill.

"I was frustrated," Wilson told KTVI. "I was angry. I was thinking, 'Really? Are we still doing this in 2015?'" 

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The waitress, who was fired, said she used the label to help remember her table numbers. But Wilson said the waitress should have chosen a different label.

"She could have said first table, table at front door, man with coral shirt," Wilson told KTVI. "There are so many other options that she could have chosen other than that. That's unacceptable."

The restaurant's owner, Patrick Hanon, wrote on Facebook that he "sincerely apologize(s) for the unacceptable act that is not symbolic of our company values or beliefs. We do not tolerate this behavior and have a zero tolerance for this behavior."

"We've already had lineups with all of our servers and bartenders ... but I’m also going to bring in a consultant to give some diversity training so we all understand what it's all about," Hanon told KTVI.

Hanon also met with Wilson and her companion to apologize and offer them unlimited meals. All was forgiven, and Wilson gave Hanon a hug.

"If someone extends an apology to me, I will always accept an apology," said Wilson, adding that she will visit the restaurant again and encourage others to eat there, as well.

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I, Patrick Hanon, sincerely apologize for the unacceptable act that is not symbolic of our company values or beliefs. ...

Posted by Patrick's Westport Grill on Sunday, July 19, 2015

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