American Restaurant Bill Makes A Point About Immigration - Nails It

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American Restaurant Bill Makes A Point About Immigration - Nails It

It does feel like the world is divided at the moment... well, more than usual. Especially over the pond in America where you either love Donald Trump and his policies, or you hate them.

There's been protests, marches and lots of political speeches by celebrities.

The most recent political viral sensation has to be this receipt. It may not seem like much, but it's resonated with thousands and managed to get nearly 250,000 favourites on Twitter.


In case you can't see, it reads: 'Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today)'.

Just 13 small words which make a massive point.

Mashable spoke to the chef, Mark Zimmons, who's responsible for the restaurant's note. He said: "I am an immigrant myself, I am from New Zealand. This is a New Zealand restaurant, and we support immigrants,

"[It's] a show of support for all those families that are being torn apart."


He added that he'd gone to America "with pretty much nothing and have built myself up from there, so I know the trials and tribulations of being an immigrant."

Explaining why he decided to add the note, he said that it was "a reminder to ourselves and to our customers that immigrants are relatively the backbone of the hospitality industry, and they often are the people who cook for you all around America."

He's planning to keep the note on the receipts 'until further notice' adding: "Hopefully until things get better."

It's not the first time a note at a restaurant has gone viral. Do you remember when a waitress was left a racist note when she was literally just doing her job?


Kelly Carter, who works at Anita's New Mexicso Style Café in the US, said she served two customers who she believed to be in their mid-20s. They asked for the bill for their meal and paid, but once they left she saw that they had written: "Great service don't tip black people."

A picture of the receipt was posted by Loudoun Couty NAACP on Twitter and was shared hundreds of times, but it's the response from the local community that has been the most overwhelming.

The owner of the restaurant, Tommy Tellex, told the BBC that the response from regular customers and the rest of the community had been "phenomenal."


A crowd-funding account has raised over $2,828 (£2,325), smashing the original target of $2000; and others have been popping into the restaurant to give her cash.

Kelly told local media that she would happily serve the couple again, who she says complimented her on the breakfast she served them. She said: "One hateful remark cannot stop me.

"My arms are still opened to me. He only hurt himself. He only makes me stronger."

She insisted to that she really would like to see the couple again, saying: "Just me serving them will let them know they did not get the best of me. And I truly mean that."


Incredible forgiveness.

Featured Image Credit: Mary Emily O'Hara/Twitter

Topics: Viral, Restaurant, Donald Trump, Immigration, Note

Mel Ramsay
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