Kiwiana is a New Zealand immigrant-owned restaurant in Brooklyn that has become a popular brunch spot. It's delicious (I've been there!), but here's another reason to patronize: a writer named Mary Emily O'Hara had brunch there yesterday and she took a photo of her receipt, which has since gone viral.
"Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today)," reads a message at the bottom of the receipt.
The photo has been retweeted over 64K times since yesterday, so clearly people are loving it.
But since this is the internet, of course there was outrage—but not about the message on the receipt. People were instead mad about the price of the brunch (way to focus on the issues, people).
And Spain dialed in just to brag:
To which O'Hara clapped back:
After a bunch of people complained about the prices, O'Hara responded to explain: a) she's a booze-hound, b) these prices are pretty standard for Brooklyn and c) the prices are NOT THE POINT.
But by far the best clap back in the comment thread came from rapper Jean Grae. IDK how she got involved but I'm glad she did, in response to a troll who tried to make a jab at "illegal" immigrants.
"Fuck Off, Gail." Please have this engraved on my tombstone. All credit to Jean Grae, of course.
And finally, as this person aptly pointed out:
At least if nothing else, this receipt led to a productive discussion and also to me craving French Toast. We'll call that a win.