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Restaurant Says Texas Waiter Faked Racist Note on Receipt

Restaurant Says Texas Waiter Faked Racist Note on Receipt

“Falsely accusing someone of racism is equaling disturbing.”

Saltgrass Steakhouse in Odessa, Texas, banned a customer who supposedly left a racist note on a receipt for server Khalil Cavil. The customer circled Cavil’s name and allegedly wrote, “We don’t tip terrorist.”

The story took off on social media, but now the restaurant says Cavil FAKED the racist note.

From WUSA9:

“After further investigation, we have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story,” Terry Turney, COO of Saltgrass Steak House, said in a statement.

“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,” Turney’s statement read.

Cavil admitted to The Odessa American that he lied to the publication about the note and apologized to the reporter of the original story “because I did lie to you.”

Cavil refused to explain to the paper why he did it, insisting he had no explanation and that he “made a mistake” and “[T]here is no excuse for what I did.”

He provided an explanation when he posted the receipt online. From CBS News:

On Wednesday, Cavil posted a follow-up message, thanking his family and members of the public for standing by him and for the monetary donations sent his way.

“I want to make it very clear that this was never about the tip nor the money,” Cavil wrote. “It was about igniting conversations because I believe real change happens when we start talking about the issue and acknowledging its there.”

Cavil says he is taking all the funds and donating them to the missionary work through his church. “Let’s make the enemy pay by helping other people establish the Kingdom of God here on earth,” he wrote.

Cavil has started to return the money he received after his story went viral.

There have been way too many racist, hate crime hoaxes. Here are just a few that we have covered:

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He didn’t get fired? Or did he get fired and I somehow missed in the story?

    LCVRWC in reply to Titan28. | July 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    You missed it. It’s at the bottom of the original ODESSA AMERICAN article.
    (I realize some might be suspicious this is at the bottom of the article, but if you read the entire article, it’s not unreasonable.)

Ah the ol’ “I faked an incident so we can have a conversation” excuse.

The Kingdom of God? I’m pretty sure God still frowns upon lying and deceit.

Racist? What race is Mr. Cavil?

PrincetonAl | July 24, 2018 at 1:38 pm

“the restaurant says Cavil FAKED the racist note”


You forgot the “unexpectedly”.

A study, non-academic I am sure, a few years ago claimed there were three times as many proven hoaxes, as there were claimed hate crimes by Muslims. Clearly it is encouraged behavior, to advance blasphemy laws and cultural privilege.

Diversity (i.e. color judgments, denial of individual dignity) was politically, socially, and financially profitable.

And the legal recourse to this sort of slander is what?

At minimum I’d drag the waiter into small claims for maximum damages – $5000?

Khalil needs to return every penny, not donate it to the cause of his choice.

He secured those funds by deceit. That’s fraud. Khalil should be charged.

    Milhouse in reply to Matador. | July 24, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Did you not read the post before commenting?

    Cavil has started to return the money he received after his story went viral.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Milhouse. | July 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      He committed fraud for personal gain, and only started returning money when he was caught. Charge him, deport him and the rest of his scheming family.

        Milhouse in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 25, 2018 at 2:47 am

        Get lost, moby.

        I repeat, “JusticeDelivered” is a moby. The comment this replies to is so outrageous that it can only come from a leftist seeking to discredit this blog’s commentariat (so far successfully).

        Not only is there no fraud, since Cavil sought no personal gain from his hoax, but even had he committed fraud it would be impossible to deport him, since he’s just as American as anyone here. This is his country and nobody has the right to deport him. To where would you deport him anyway?

        And where do you get off insulting his family? What “scheming” do you accuse them of? What do you know about them? Nothing. His father served this country honorably; what gives you the right to attack him, let alone call for his deportation to some unknown place with which he has no connection?

        No genuine conservative would say such things. But leftist mobys imagine this is how we think. Therefore that is what you are.

BrokeGopher | July 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm

The restaurant says it has unbanned the customer and apologized. Would you go back to a place so quick to judge you? I don’t think I would.

    Patrick Bateman in reply to BrokeGopher. | July 24, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    It depends on how much free steak they were willing to throw my way to make up for the incident.

      C. Lashown in reply to Patrick Bateman. | July 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Who wants to eat free steak half the wait staff spit on? I would never trust that restaurant again.

        Patrick Bateman in reply to C. Lashown. | July 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

        Why would the staff spit on your food? If Khalil still worked there, then perhaps that would be the case, but I would have faith in the fact the other folks there are normal people. Besides, I’m certain the owner would want to make sure nothing went wrong when you arrived for your meal.

          BrokeGopher in reply to Patrick Bateman. | July 24, 2018 at 4:30 pm

          The guy lis a bad tipper, though. It looks like he did stiff the waiter, he just didn’t write the note.

          Broke – you don’t know that for sure. I would probably put a tab over $100 (in Odessa??) on a card, but I almost always leave cash for the tip. If the server wishes to declare accurate amounts of tips, that’s his/her business. I won’t help Infernal Revenue by putting the tip on paper.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Patrick Bateman. | July 24, 2018 at 7:52 pm

          I always leave cash tips while paying the bill with a charge card. I leave cash so that waiters don’t have to declare tips.

    Milhouse in reply to BrokeGopher. | July 25, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Why would they suspect that the waiter made it up? On the contrary, if such a thing were to happen to me I would expect my employer to back me up.

    Merlin01 in reply to BrokeGopher. | July 25, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I won’t be eating any Saltgrass after finding out that the will judge customers without bothering to investigate! In my opinion this isn’t a hoax at all, Saltgrass is the one exposed as a bigot!

    I hope they go out of business!

      MajorWood in reply to Merlin01. | July 25, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      The owner is in a difficult position here. He is caught between the staff and the customer. He initially sided with the staff member, but when the mistake was realized, he did the right thing by firing the staff member and contacting the customer to make it right. (Compare this to Oberlin and Gibsons). It might not be possible to ever make it right again, but it is possible to at least make it even. The one who needs to suffer here is Cavil, not the restaurant. I would love to see Cavil’s initial “upside-downside” analysis, were it even done. And that conversation that he wanted to start, well, I don’t think it is the one he imagined.

Joey Williams | July 24, 2018 at 3:21 pm

So, he apologized to the *reporter* – but not to the individual he libeled. (At least, nothing has been reported of such an apology). All he’s sorry for is having a big media uproar over his lie; he could care less about the results to his unwitting victim.

Something tells me he is the type of waiter whose service (or more likely, lack thereof) frequently warranted and resulted in getting no tip.

re: ““I want to make it very clear that this was never about the tip nor the money,” Cavil wrote. “It was about igniting conversations because I believe real change happens when we start talking about the issue and acknowledging its there.”

That’s right! Let’s start that conversation about mandatory sterilizations for people of ‘low character’, the world certainly doesn’t need any more liars nor thieves. Then there is the issue of ‘moral repayment’ and how to approach the topic of punishment. Should horse whippings be in the public square or upon the open prairie? Lastly, let’s have a conversation about ‘racism’. If I should call you a ‘greasy little prick’ would that be a racist comment? What race would you be a member of, the ‘little prick’ race or the ‘greasy’ race…OR…both?

King Solomon already addressed this: Proverbs 18:13 “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”

The simple answer: Assume all such claims are false unless undoctored video is provided showing the actual claim of “-ist statements” (insert socialist divisive group here: age, race, muslim) in real time.

Otherwise, it didn’t happen.

    guyjones in reply to princepsCO. | July 24, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. It is too easy for these self-aggrandizing, attention-seeking and embittered Leftist twits to casually and brazenly sling false accusations against innocent people. Let them bear the burden of proof in proving their claims with hard evidence. And, sue the hell out of them for slander and infliction of emotional distress when they make false accusations.

      MajorWood in reply to guyjones. | July 24, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      And therein lies the significance of the Oberlin case. It just isn’t about Gibsons, it is about an entire class of people who feel that they can say anything they want w/o ramifications. And while Gibsons has named the college and the dean specifically at the moment, there are a whole bunch of others who publicly jumped on the bandwagon too, and I wouldn’t be surprised for their names to show up on a court docket after the main case is settled.

    inspectorudy in reply to princepsCO. | July 24, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I totally agree with you. We have entered into the era where anything that is uttered about someone is taken as the truth until proven untrue. The msm lives by this code as long as it is toward the right. Try to imagine the stupid person who would write such a note in the first place! That person would know that the waiter would show it to his boss and then most likely the liberal msm. Within hours maybe days, the note would be on YouTube and go viral. Can anyone be this dumb? Why would the owner believe the waiter?

2nd Ammendment Mother | July 24, 2018 at 4:12 pm

In a region where the Sonic Carhops are making $30 an hour and it typically takes an hour to get a table in any sit down place, no one insults the waitstaff. I know a number of servers who pull down $1000 in tips a night. The only thing that matters is that you work hard, are friendly, keep the sweet tea topped off and get the orders right.

That low-life waitress/forger: a Freudian how she was maligning herself.

She knows she’s scum, and she somehow had to announce it to the world. (As if anyone in her world didn’t already know.)

I wonder what the offended waiter actually did to deserve no tip.

While the tip on the bill was 0, the person may have tipped in cash, which I frequently do. Actually, I pay the entire bill in cash because ID theft by waitstaff is huge.

The only conversation which needs to be held is how to deal with Cavil’s deeply rooted mental illness. FWIW, stuff like this doesn’t appear in a vacuum. I suspect that many around him have been covering up for some time.

I did once leave a “0” tip and on the way out I explained exactly why to the manager. If it was a restaurant problem, as the waiter alluded, then the manager should know.

Not very smart businessmen.

“Hey Joe, they let “terrorists” serve them food… real or fake?”

So, where’e the “racism” come in? All I see here is some putz claiming to be boosting a national conversation about the virtues of terrorists.

Best comment I read about this came from, use it on your facebook, twitter etc to rile the libs if you want:

The demand for racism exceeds the supply, so one must make it up to satiate those who demand it.

If there weren’t fake hate crimes, the number of actual hate crimes would be infinitesimal. Which, in our race-to-the-bottom victimhood society, is why they have to resort to faking them.

    Milhouse in reply to maxmillion. | July 25, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Unfortunately that isn’t true. There are plenty of real hate crimes. Even, now and again, some against Moslems. Sometimes by people so ignorant that they mistakenly target Sikhs instead.

Question for the lawyers:

Could this be considered a hate crime?

    Milhouse in reply to Merlin01. | July 25, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    No, it cannot. First of all, it isn’t a crime at all, so how could it be a hate crime? Second, even if it were a crime, it was not motivated by hatred of an entire subpopulation to which the victim (who would that be?) belongs. So how could you even suppose it might be a hate crime?

I hope there is a special place in he!! for those that falsely accuse others. They should get the same punishment as you would for the crime they falsely accused someone of. There’s a reason that “Thou shalt not bear false witness against another” is one of the ten big crimes in God’s eyes.

    Milhouse in reply to Twanger. | July 26, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Yes, except that this person didn’t accuse anyone of a crime. He accused the person of a social offense, something that would make decent people not want to associate with him or her. But he did not publicize the person’s name, so nobody but the restaurant knew who was being so accused. The only punishment the person received for their alleged offense was to be barred from the restaurant; now the waiter has been fired, which seems to more than match that punishment.