Servers: Keep Your Insults to Yourself

The recent spate of insulting nicknames on receipts has us scratching (and shaking) our heads

When news emerged last week that a server at a sports bar in Northern California identified his guests as "Fat Girls" on their receipt, it got us wondering what possesses a restaurant employee to enter in offensive nicknames when they know that the offending moniker will end up in plain sight on the guests’ receipt (and will most likely go on to make national news, and cost the server their job).

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Maybe they’re new to the POS system and don’t realize that their friendly little reminders of who’s who will end up on the receipt; possibly they just don’t feel like asking guests for their names and can’t think of an inoffensive way to describe them. But here’s a no-brainer for you: even if you’re absolutely positive that the identifier you decide to go with won’t end up on the receipt, make sure it’s inoffensive!


From the two cent discount given by a Texas burger chain for having the "best butt," to the Chick-fil-A cashier who rung up two Asian customers as "Ching" and "Chong," to the steakhouse bartender who rung up a customer as "McStinky," there's no end to the lengths some will go to be offensive. Here’s a roundup of all the examples of that particular brand of server stupidity (and meanness) we’ve come across recently.