A Texas couple is raising questions after finding "BLACK PPL" printed on their receipt from IHOP Monday morning.
Arainia Brown and boyfriend Rolman Sparkman were returning home to Austin, Texas and stopped at an IHOP to grab a late-night to-go meal at approximately 3 a.m. Upon glancing at the receipt they were extremely shocked to discover their receipt had labeled them by their race.
"This was poor judgment by a team member in a single location and is contrary to our and the franchise owner's values. The guests were offended and we are sorry for that. Everyone should feel welcome at our restaurants; the owner of this location has taken corrective action with the team member involved and re-trained the staff to prevent this from happening again."
That statement would differ slightly than an earlier version released by IHOP (and published by KVUE), which labeled the incident a "teachable moment" and one that "could be offensive."
"This was a poor choice made by our franchisee's team member, and is not in keeping with policies and procedures. We recognize that it could be offensive and apologize. Everyone is welcome in our restaurants and our franchisee is using this as a teachable moment for the entire team so that it will not reoccur."
The printing of racist messages on restaurant receipts has long been a favorite pastime of bigots in the food industry.
"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
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