I've posted before about restaurant
employees' Facebook posts that caused big headaches for their employers.
I've also posted about trouble-causing Facebook posts by a saloon
manager and by a tavern
owner. Well, it seems that the trend has made it way to Delaware.
As reported by Patty Talorico on her Second
Helpings blog, a Thai restaurant in Hockessin has landed itself in hot
water as a result of unappetizing posts made to its social-networking sites.
Photographs of customers' receipts and of restaurant patrons were posted to the
Instagram account of the restaurant's manager. According to Talorico, racial
slurs and derogatory comments were posted with the photos.
The manager reportedly told The News Journal that other
employees have access to the accounts and that he didn't post the controversial
One of the controversial posts read: "Cheap ass, order
takeout and eat it at the bar #monday #cheap #trash." At around the same
time, a photo of a receipt was posted, which showed that the customer left no
tip on a $42.55 bill.
So far, I'm on the manager's side-who orders takeout,
only to eat it at the bar so he can avoid having tip?! For real? But my
sympathy for the slighted restaurant worker ends there.
The manager is alleged to have then posted: "#cheapass ...
#jews #disrespect #jerk ... #hillbillies #cheap Didn't tip a single dollar."
At the risk of stating the obvious, these comments are
totally out of line. There's no time or place-and certainly no Facebook
page-where such comments would be anything close to appropriate.
And it apparently gets worse. According to Talorico, a
photograph of a customer's receipt, which showed that the customer, who had an
Indian surname, had left less than 10 percent for a tip. The comment posted
with the photo read, "What do you expect from a last name like that?"
Again, there's nothing entertaining or funny about the
manager's commentary. Racist and other derogatory slurs about customers cannot
be tolerated in any business but, when they're coming from management, the
potential repercussions are tremendous.
If you are an employer with a public Facebook page or
other social-media account, it's time to make sure you know who has access to
post to the accounts and communicate the bounds of appropriate conduct apply
both inside and outside of the workplace when it affects the business and its
Read more Labor and Employment Law insights
from Margaret (Molly) DiBianca in the Delaware
Employment Law Blog.
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