ODESSA, TX (KMID/WCMH) – An employee at a steakhouse in Texas lied about a note on a receipt that called him a terrorist, the restaurant says.
Saltgrass COO Terry Turney issued a statement on Monday saying the note was not true and was fabricated by the employee.
“After further investigation, we have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story. The customer has been contacted and invited back to our restaurant to dine on us. Racism of any form is intolerable, and we will always act swiftly should it occur in any of our establishments. Falsely accusing someone of racism is equaling disturbing,” the statement from Turney reads.
The employee, Khalil Cavil, originally claimed that the customers denied him a tip and left a note, which read, “We don’t tip terrorists.”
“My heart just dropped, I didn’t know what to say or what to think in the moment but there’s hurt there,” Khalil said last week.
The photo of the receipt later went viral on social media, prompting Saltgrass to issue a statement on the matter.
The original statement from Saltgrass supported the employee.
“We stand by and support our employee,” The original statement from Turney read. “Racism of any form is unacceptable and we have banned this customer from returning to our establishment.”
Cavil later apologized to the Odessa American newspaper.
“I’m sorry,” Cavil said. “I deeply made a huge, big mistake. And I’m in the process of getting the help that I need.”