A Texas steakhouse waiter who unbottled a wave of anger over a “racist” message on a customer’s receipt now admits that it was all a hoax.
Khalil Cavil, a 20-year-old server at Saltgrass Steak House in Odessa, admitted to writing “we don’t tip terrorist” on his receipt while passing it off as a racist customer’s, as the Odessa American reported on Monday.
“I did write it,” Cavil told the American.
“I don’t have an explanation. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for what I did,” he said.
The half-baked story began to heat up in mid-July after Cavil posted the alleged incident on Facebook.
When readers got a look at the saucy remark, some even pitched in to pay for the server’s college in the fall.
The donations, some $1,000 in total, will be returned to the respective parties, Cavil said.
“All money is being processed and being return[ed],” he said. “Most all of it has been returned.”
Terry Turney, the COO of Saltgrass Steak House, weighed in on the faux controversy.
He said that after some investigation, “we have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story. 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 equaling disturbing,” Turney said in a statement.
Saltgrass Steak House has decided to put the employee out to pasture — and the two have since parted ways.
“I’m sorry. I deeply made a huge, big mistake. And I’m in the process of getting the help that I need,” Cavil said.