A customer at a Mexican restaurant allegedly left a rude “gratuity” on a bill, writing, “My tip is to build the f***ing wall now!”
Hehsus Baeza, a bartender at Tkilaz Mexican Restaurant Bar and Grill in Midland, Texas, posted an image of the $17.55 bill on his personal Facebook page on Feb. 18. “F*** you, Terry Welsch!” wrote Baeza. “How are you going to come eat a plate of asado and drink a dosxx and write this! #hypocrite.”
The customer’s message spoke to President Trump‘s controversial plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; on Friday, Trump declared a national emergency to get funding for the wall. This week, 16 states filed a lawsuit against the president, reports the Associated Press, calling the declaration unconstitutional.
Baeza told the Midland Reporter-Telegram, “I’m still taken aback by all this. I didn’t expect this kind of reaction [from a customer].”
Some Facebookers commented that they didn’t believe Baeza, recalling a news story from July about a Texas waiter named Khalil Cavil of Saltgrass Steak House in Odessa, who confessed to fabricating the message, “We don’t tip terrorist” on a bill. “I did write it,” Cavil told the Odessa American. “I don’t have an explanation. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for what I did.”
A man wrote to Baeza, “Hey bro, I can assure you, most of us Trump supporters are not like this guy. We love Hispanics. We also want secure borders. I apologize for this man and his conduct. It is not acceptable.”
The bartender wrote that he had searched for the customer’s Facebook page but couldn’t find it. “He’s racist,” he commented subsequently.
Baeza tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that’s okay, but this is not a hoax. I would never fabricate such a lie. I love my employers, they are genuinely good people and I would never do anything to hurt their reputation.”
“This experience hit home coming from parents who migrated here legally for a better life,” he wrote. “Believe it or not, I don’t want to ruin this customer’s life — on the contrary, I’m hoping he changes how he views others who are different from him.”
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