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Taco Bell Employee Calls Medical Student Racial Slur On His Receipt

Tom Wood

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Taco Bell Employee Calls Medical Student Racial Slur On His Receipt

A medical student was left furious after a restaurant worker called him a 'chink' on his receipt.

In Young Lee found that the racist term had been used on his receipt at a Taco Bell restaurant in Philadelphia as he tried to buy food after a night out last Friday.

He had given the worker at the restaurant the name Steve as a way of avoiding him having to spell out his own name (which is in itself quite sad) but when it came back it said STEVE CHINK in big letters on it.

Needless to say, he was pretty mad about this, and posted a picture of the receipt on Facebook to draw attention to his treatment.


The post said:

"Our interaction was very ordinary and cordial even, until I saw my name on the receipt that read "STEVE CHINK".

"I was so infuriated that I couldn't help but to confront the cashier.


When I confronted him, he said that there are three Steve's in the restaurant so he needed to differentiate.

"It made me even more upset that he was protecting his case rather than apologizing so I lashed out and told him that it is extremely disrespectful to use such a derogatory slur.

"He eventually apologized, and although I was still very upset I decided to let the case go."

Once he complained about the cashier that had used the slur he made to leave but heard the staff laughing about the incident in the kitchen, and even using the same word again.


This time he got really mad about it, but instead of taking his complaints seriously he was told that his behaviour was unacceptable.

In Young Lee. Credit: Supplied
In Young Lee. Credit: Supplied

In, who is a first year Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania was understandably made even angrier by the fact that he was being accused of overreacting despite making a reasonable complaint against the racist language used by the Taco Bell employee.

His Facebook post continued: "I thought incidents like this only happen in the news and never expected it to happen to me but I guess it really does happen in the real world.


"Normally I would let things like this go but under the current political climate I find it very important to address such issues and voice them loudly and clearly.

"#putanendtoracism #iamnotachink"

Despite his anger he holds no grudge against the employee and even blurred out his name on the receipt in order to save his job.

He told the Daily Pennsylvanian: "I don't think the cashier was necessarily malicious about it. I think he was ignorant, but I want people to be more conscious about how they think, that's more what I'm aiming for.


"My goal is not to bring Taco Bell down."

The Taco Bell employee who who used the racial slur has since been fired, reports the the Daily Pennsylvanian.

Featured Image Credit: Supplied

Topics: Racism, US News

Tom Wood
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