Waiter Made Up Story About ‘Racist’ Tipper, Says Restaurant

A Texas waiter admitted that he made up a story that claimed a customer didn’t tip and left a note that reads, “We don’t tip terrorist (sic).”

Last week, Khalil Cavil posted on Facebook that a customer at the Saltgrass Steak House in Odessa, Texas, wrote a note at the top of the receipt that said, “We don’t tip Terrorist (sic).” The story gained international attention.

But a manager at the restaurant learned that the entire thing was made up.

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

“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.

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Cavil also admitted to the Odessa American that he wrote the note himself. “I did write it,” he said. “I don’t have an explanation. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for what I did.”

Cavil also said that he got about $1,000 in donations. “All money is being processed and being return(ed),” Cavil said. “Most all of it has been returned.”

“I’m sorry. I deeply made a huge, big mistake. And I’m in the process of getting the help that I need,” he said.

Officials told the Odessa American that he’s no longer employed at the steakhouse.