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Apex woman reports racial slur on pizza receipt

Posted August 22, 2010
Updated August 23, 2010

— An Apex woman who reported finding a racial slur printed on a pizza delivery receipt says she is getting harassing phone calls.

Carla Robinson ordered two pizzas Friday from Domino's Pizza near Ten Ten Road. She said when the pizza delivery driver left, her 10-year-old niece brought the receipt to her attention.

Robinson said the "N" word followed by "DON'T TIP" was printed on the receipt. She reported the incident and says she has since received more than a dozen harassing calls.

“They were saying basically the same stuff that was on the receipt. They were saying 'N-this, you got me fired, you did this, you did that,' just being real ugly to me, just being real mean,” Robinson said. “I’m thinking it is 2010, it's never good to do that. You can't do stuff like that anymore.”

Pat O'Leary, who owns the Domino's Pizza where Robinson ordered from, issued the following statement Sunday:

"I’m horrified this occurred. This was the action of a lone individual and it does not reflect my views. Upon learning of the incident, the general manager of the store fired the responsible person immediately. I have reached out to the customer and offered my sincere apology.”

Robinson said she doesn't know who made the harassing calls. The Wake County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


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  • shortcake53 Aug 24, 2010

    O but I can argue against you, the person you are delivering to is also putting dinner on the table for their family. There are two sides to every table. And thats just the way it is.

  • Alexia.1 Aug 24, 2010

    shortcake53, I'm not a fan of tipping, either. Personally, I'd rather the service fees be built into the cost of the meal or other service provided, but that's not the way it is. If I do not tip, then those employees at those establishments don't have food to put on the table for their kids. You cannot argue against me: this is just the way it is.

  • shortcake53 Aug 24, 2010

    paulej, its up to the person who hired you to pay you. If that type of arrangement doesnt suit you, find a different line of work.

  • Alexia.1 Aug 24, 2010

    AirBorne Daddy, you're wrong: the statement was pre-printed on the receipt. So, the person knew in advance that there was likely no tip coming

    Why should the driver not expect a tip? Why should any such person in any establishment not expect a tip? The wages of these employees is far below minimum wage and they can only do the job if they get a tip. It is an expectation on the part of the restaurant and employees, one of long tradition, that customers will tip. It's an expectation built right into the minimum wage laws and tax code. If we did not, then they would have to increase wages and prices of food, respectively. Tips are optional, but only intended to be optional to show discontent with the service. It is unfair to demand labor from employees who perform proper service and then refuse to pay a tip.

  • divineblessing Aug 23, 2010

    If you want to help solve the problem with racism, the media should take the "N" word out of all movies, music, and comedy. You should have respect for yourself before telling others what to do. This type of media and usage of the "N" word sets a bad example to all people of what "is" and "not" acceptable to say. You cannot have a double standard.

  • divineblessing Aug 23, 2010

    Obama said "Share the Wealth"

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  • shortcake53 Aug 23, 2010

    Amen Airborne

  • NoObamaCare Aug 23, 2010

    This whole story comes down to some young punk ( most likely white), that is working a minimum wage job, and EXPECTING to get tips. Instead of realizing that this lady perhaps had no extra cash on hand at the time and would get him on the next delivery...he makes a racial insult, loses his job, goes on unemployment which I have to pay for, and cause a bitter taste in the publics mouth. I love ignorant people expecting a hand out every time they do the job they were hired to do.

  • divineblessing Aug 23, 2010

    The Pizza person was out of line but if you can't afford a tip you should not be ordering out. FREE Delivery does not mean you don't tip your server. If you can't afford a tip get in your car, fight traffic, drive in the rain, and the dark. It is your choice. Dominios should charge for delivery or up their price for pizza to offset the drivers lost if they are not being tipped. I always believe in tipping a couple of bucks IF the service is good.