*A Wendy’s restaurant worker in Orlando has been fired after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper discovered an old receipt on the counter that had been imprinted with the N-word.
The trooper said he was in line to get dinner Tuesday night at the Wendy’s on Rouse Rd. and University Blvd. when he saw the receipt lying next to the cash register.
Pictures show the receipt had a form of the “N” word at the top of it where customers’ names or order numbers are typically printed.
“I said, I didn’t just see that,” he told local affiliate News 6.
The trooper, who was on duty at the time, said he stepped up to the counter to place his order.
“He was very cordial with me, and that really shocked me because I thought for sure that if this is sitting here for an hour or however long it was, how is he going to treat me?” the trooper said.
He said the worker even thanked him for his service.
News 6 contacted Wendy’s corporate offices and discovered they were unaware of the receipt. A spokeswoman said they launched an investigation immediately, working with the franchise owner to look through surveillance video and cash register records.
The franchise owner, JAE, issued a statement, saying, “While this receipt wasn’t directed toward anyone in particular, we take this very seriously and find the language to be offensive and not in line with our values. This was a terrible judgment call by one of our employees, it’s completely unacceptable and we no longer employ this individual.”
The trooper said he’s certain he wasn’t the only person to see the word printed on the piece of paper, and he’s not sure he will return to a Wendy’s restaurant again. He said he first wants to make sure the company improves the way they train their employees.