IHOP customers get receipt, find out waiter kept track of their order by labeling them as 'BLACK PPL.'
A couple returning home to Austin, Texas stopped at an IHOP to grab a late-night to-go meal (which, somehow, didn't include pancakes) and were incredibly displeased when they discovered their receipt labeled them by race, Fox 7 reported. The couple, Arainia Brown and Rolman Sparkman, spoke with the local news outlet to express their displeasure that their receipt had "BLACK PPL" printed at the top.
An additional layer to the incident was that their server, Dwayne Williams, was a black man.
"I feel upset, I'm sad, I'm angry. Like this, it makes no sense," Brown told KVUE. Brown herself has worked as a waitress and pointed out that there are plenty of other ways to identify customers, such as their shirt color. "You could have asked me my name," Brown said. "[D]on't label me. I don't label you."
Williams has since apologized on Facebook.