Local restaurant apologizes after ‘black people’ written on top of ticket

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — A popular Collierville restaurant took to social media to apologize to their community and two people at the center of a controversial incident.

Thursday, two employees were responsible for writing ‘black people’ at the top of a receipt, according to the Facebook post.

Derrick Gray said he used to work in the restaurant industry, so he knows how things should work.

“You don’t categorize by age race or sex you categorize by what they have on or what table they sitting at,” Gray said.

When he was given his receipt after ordering food at Booya’s in Collierville, his jaw dropped.

The words black people were printed at the top.

“I tried my best to be as nice as I can about it and it seemed like the response was like okay that’s fine sorry about that,” Gray said.

Gray and his friend were not satisfied with the apology. So they made a post on Facebook that was shared hundreds of times.

He said he sent a Facebook message and email to the owner but only received a response on Facebook that said the owners were researching the incident.

Later in the afternoon, the owners apologized to him over the phone.

Gray accepted the apology.

“It’s sad that I’m used to it because it happens all the time,” Gray said.

FOX13 spoke to the owners, John and Kim Kupiszewski, who made a post on Facebook apologizing for what happened.

Part of the statement said, “The two employees that were responsible for this incident have been taken off the schedule indefinitely and I will ask the two customers when I get their contact info what they would like to happen.”

They said two of the employees involved were taken off the schedule.

“We didn’t think it was something we needed to train,” the owners said. “We thought this was common sense that you didn’t do that but we were wrong. But at the end of the day the buck stops with us.”

The owners planned to have a meeting with the employees and step up their sensitivity training.

“This is a lesson learned especially in the climate we have going on right now it was so unacceptable,” the owners said.

Gray said the owners asked him if he would talk to their employees about what happened so it could be a learning lesson.

He was considering doing it.

He also asked the owners to go to diversity training so they can train their employees properly.