The internet fell in love with a Tennessee woman who clapped back at a racist server who hurled the N-word at a group of customers in an offensive Snapchat.
Chelsea Mayes and four of her friends headed to a Murfreesboro Cheddar’s location after Sunday’s church service. The 22-year-old thought she’d had a good meal, but afterward her server’s hateful Snapchat rant went viral — and Mayes started feeling a little differently about her dining experience.
In a photo with her face screwed up tight, the waitress wrote, “I’m so hungover and have a section full of n—-rs right now.”
Mayes took to social media to respond in epic fashion.
“Yesterday this photo of a Murfreesboro Cheddars employee started circulating on social media. Being as though I was lucky enough to be one of the ‘n—-rs’ she speaks of, I feel it’s only necessary to give my view!”
The hate-fueled server was actually friends with one of Mayes’ group, all of whom were members of the college choir at the local First Baptist Church. Mayes said they left a generous tip and didn’t find out about the racist post until a friend texted her about it later in the day.
“You never truly know the person behind the smile. No matter how much love and joy you spread, there will always be someone with hate in their heart towards you, regardless if it’s in your face or when you leave. It’s up to you how you handle it,” Mayes wrote.
“I am personally extremely proud of myself. If this had of been Chelsea a couple years ago, Cheddars [would] have been flipped upside down. But now I just feel sorry for her.
This ‘n—-r’ actually enjoyed your company.
This ‘n—-r’ is praying for you.
This ‘n—-r’ loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it!”
Afterward, the server was fired.
Mayes, 22, found out about the racist Snapchat post later in the day.
“We, ourselves, were shocked and offended after learning one of our servers had posted comments on social media that were hurtful and derogatory,” a Cheddar’s spokesman told WSMV-TV in a statement.
“This type of behavior will never be tolerated in our Restaurant.