When will people stop writing racist message on restaurant meals? According to ABC, two Wendy's employees have been fired after writing a derogatory note on a child's kids' meal toy. Manige Osowski took her seven-year-old daughter to an outpost of the chain in Arvada, Colo. last week where she ordered her child a kids' meal. Instead of receiving a toy, her daughter received a deck of cards. Written in black ink on the ace of hearts card was a number of racial slurs including the "N" word. Osowski notes, "I had to explain to my child what the 'N' word means and she's never heard that term before."
She says she returned to the restaurant immediately after seeing the card and spoke with the manager who quickly yelled at the staff, "You need to stop playing games." The manager then ripped up the card. However, things took a turn for the worse. Osowski says she refused to leave the store without the derogatory card and the manager "called the police and had her removed from the store." She told ABC that the incident was "heartbreaking."
It is still a mystery as to why the former employees even wrote the note on the card. A Wendy's spokesperson tells KDVR: "Our core values as a brand center around treating people with respect, and we have taken this situation very seriously. As soon as we learned what had occurred, we investigated and took swift action." The spokesperson adds that the company reached out and "formally apologized" to Osowski.
However, that has not been enough for Osowski. She and other community members decided to organize a protest on Tuesday in front of the restaurant. Osowski says she will not accept Wendy's apology until her child is "formally apologized to" as well. "While I do understand that two individuals were responsible for this, there's a systemic problem that this isn't addressed to the people it hurt," she notes.
Osowski and her daughter are unfortunately not the first people to receive a racist note with their meal. Last year, a restaurant employee was fired after a customer found an inappropriate note printed on the receipt that came with his chicken wing order. At the bottom of the slip, the employee had written in all caps, "Make for black person." Watch the local news report below: