A North Carolina smoothie chain closed two of its stores — and canned two workers — after customers found racist comments in place of their names on receipts over the weekend, according to a report Monday.
In one of the hard-to-stomach Smoothie King receipts, the n-word had been printed in place of a woman’s name Sunday afternoon. The other listed a Korean-American man’s name as “Jackie Chan” at a different Charlotte-area shop just a few hours later, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“My aunt just wanted a smoothie! This is ridiculous & sick, [the worker] needs to be fired!” the woman’s niece fumed on Twitter.
On Monday, the company said it fired two employees responsible and shuttered the stores for an emergency “training” session to “ensure that nothing like this occurs again,” according to the paper.
“Today, two instances happened in our Charlotte franchise stores that are totally unacceptable and go against every value that we stand for. Two of our team members wrote inappropriate, racial remarks about our guests,” a rep for Smoothie King told the paper.
In a Facebook post, the Korean-American customer, said he was still angry.
“Today I left this store furious on the inside, trying to not let my young kids know what just happened,” said the customer, Tony Choi, wrote on Facebook. “But the 3 employees working there at the time couldn’t stop laughing about it.”
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