(WHSV/CNN) – On Monday, Sadie Elledge served a man and woman two gyros, sodas, and a Greek salad. From the start, Sadie says she felt uncomfortable; “They wouldn’t talk to me, they would just nod their heads.”
As the blonde woman signs the receipt, she leaves no tip. Not unusual for any server, but the reason why she didn’t leave the tip was something Sadie says she has never seen.
“It shouldn’t even matter, and like, I just feel like its rude and disrespectful, I never met. I’ve never done anything to them.” Not only disrespectful but Sadie says it is just plain wrong; “I was born here but I’m Mexican and Honduran.”
Adding another layer to Sadie’s disbelief, she says the woman herself had an accent.
Jess’ Lunch is an immigrant created and owned business. Here’s what Sadie’s boss, Angeliki Floros, has to say about the “tip;” “If coward is the word to describe what they did. I have worst words to use, but let’s go with coward.”
Well it is called the friendly city for a reason; Sadie got a letter from some downtown neighbors, covering the tip and then some. Tapping into the same spirit of being a friendly neighbor, Sadie says she would serve them again. “It makes me the stronger person just to not like, let these things bother me because I know I’m a good person. I know that.”
Meanwhile, the owner of Jess’ Lunch is not sold. She wants an apology for Sadie. Floros says, “I would like for them to not come here unless they regret what they did.”
We do know who the person is. When I reached out to them over Facebook, they did not respond.
The organization “Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance” sent Elledge a note of support saying it was “disgusted” with the customer’s “disrespectful and abusive” behavior.
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