HATE CRIME HOAX: Man falsely accused of writing ‘N*****’ on receipt at Red Lobster Sues For A Million Dollars

A man whose life has been turned upside down by claims that he wrote a racist taunt on his dinner receipt at a Tennessee Red Lobster restaurant is now suing for a million big ones because he says he never wrote the slur and has proof that he didn’t.

It seems to be yet another case of a fake receipt slur, something we’ve seen about three or four times in the last two years.

From the Daily Mail:

A Tennessee man who was accused of using a racial slur on a receipt at a Red Lobster restaurant last year is suing the restaurant chain and the waitress who cashed in on the incident after she posted a copy of the receipt on the Internet.

Devin Barnes, 21, claims he never wrote the racial slur on the receipt, and that the negative attention he received as a result of the way Toni Christina Jenkins – the waitress who claims to have received the slur – publicized the incident is slanderous.

In Barnes’ suit, filed in Williamson County Circuit Court, he claims Jenkins slandered him by misusing his personal information, and that Red Lobster’s ‘willful and malicious … omissions to act’ by failing to prevent Jenkins from using his name and information ‘to gain publicity and money’ has caused lasting damage to his reputation.

This has happened a few other times, recently. All have been hoaxes perpetrated by servers whose sole intent was to get themselves in the news (and perhaps reap a financial reward).

You may remember the case of a gay waitress in New Jersey who claimed some patrons left anti-gay slurs written on a receipt at her restaurant. She made big news with gay sites coming to her support and fans donating thousands of dollars to her for her “pain and suffering.” It turned out she made it all up and the incident was a hoax.

This Tennessee incident looks like the same thing.

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