DailyCaller: The media has raced to declare a waitress the victim of a vile, unprovoked racist attack because she produced a receipt with the message “We only tip citizens.” In its haste to make the waitress a martyr for all things social justice, members of the media may have overstepped and libeled innocent people.
At least, that looks like it could be the case with the massive national outrage over a receipt from Harrisonburg, Va.
The initial incident seemed straightforward. Sadie Elledge, a native-born Honduran-American, claims she was stiffed on a tip and instead received a receipt reading, in all caps, “WE ONLY TIP CITIZENS” from a couple she served at Jess’ Lunch, a diner.
Elledge’s grandfather shared the receipt online, it quickly went viral, and virtually ever outlet that covered it treated Elledge’s claims as objectively true. Many outlets also explicitly blamed both members of the couple for the racist message.
“This couple didn’t tip their Latina server. They left a hateful message instead,” blared a Washington Post headline, suggesting the message was anti-Hispanic racism.
“Customers stiff Latina waitress, write ‘We only tip citizens,” said CNN.
The story has reaped a small financial dividend for Elledge, who has received cash in the mail from supporters.
There’s obviously more to the story.
The claim was investigated by Michael Koolidge, a radio host based in Illinois, who tracked down the couple allegedly responsible for the receipt, and made an astonishing discovery: MORE