A Pennsylvania man says he was taken aback over the weekend when a bartender used the N-word instead of his name on the receipt for his food.
Marquis Moore told The Patriot News that he was just about to enjoy his food from Zembie’s Sports Tavern in Harrisburg when he noticed the word “n***a” was written where his name was supposed to be.
According to Zembie’s owner Angelo Karagiannis, this is all just a misunderstanding and the word was meant as a light-hearted joke. He claims bartender Megan Bonsall says Moore was busy talking to people at the bar, and so she asked a friend for his name. That friend then allegedly showed Moore’s Facebook page to Bosnall, where he described himself as a “sexy n***a.”
She said that she wrote down “n***a” on the ticket as a way to be playful. But Moore isn’t buying that explanation. He suspects the bartender had searched the comments on his Facebook page looking for an excuse after she was caught. “Even if that is the case, why didn’t she put ‘sexy n***a’ on the check?” Moore pointed out.
Karagiannis insists his staff is not racist, stating:
Megan has worked for me for 12 to 13 years. There was no malice intended at all. We have a Redskins fan club, and every week there are 12-15 black guys who come in to watch the games. We are not racist at all and serve anyone.
Karagiannis says he’s instructed Bonsall not to identify people by using physical characteristics in the future, missing the point that “n***a” is a racial slur and not a physical characteristic for anyone.
Not surprisingly, Moore has no intention of ever going back to Zembie’s Sports Tavern. “I’m hurt by the situation. I am just a random Joe and she could have just taken the time to ask my name,” he observed. “Racism is no longer behind closed doors.”