Khalil Cavil, a 20-year-old server at Saltgrass Steak House, was dismayed after a party he was waiting on left him without a gratuity on a $108 bill. The reason? The diners assumed he was a terrorist because of his name.
Cavil posted a picture of the receipt that showed his name circled with the words, “We don’t tip terrorist,” scrawled across the top.
At the moment I didn’t know what to think nor what to say, I was sick to my stomach.
The young student, who will start attending a college in Dallas, wanted to spread awareness of racism in the U.S.
I share this because I want people to understand that this racism, and this hatred still exists. Although, this is nothing new, it is still something that will test your faith.
This is so abhorrent to me. I cannot imagine treating another human being this way. What does the color of a person's skin have to do with a waitstaff's customer service? Geeeez, this kind of attitude damages our community, hurts us all. I'm sad for Khalil.
— Dr. Nancy Glass (@DrNancyGlass1) July 19, 2018
Cavil told Texas ABC affiliate KMID that people often assume he’s Middle Eastern because of his name, but they’re wrong.
My dad was in the military and a buddy that he was very close to, served with him…Khalil was killed in an accident and so my dad just named me after him, one of his best friends
Ignorant, uneducated small minds can’t comprehend that a person’s name is not confirmation of anything about their beliefs or character i.e., Barack Hussein Obama These bugs must be squashed out!!
— Lisa (@fidelis_8) July 19, 2018
Cavil continued on his Facebook post:
I have decided to let this encourage me, and fuel me to change the world the only way I know how. So to all the haters out there, keep talkin, your only helping me step into my destiny!
People were angry yet inspired by his powerful post.
“I hope that the people who wrote me that note find Jesus and I hope that he can experience the same love that I've experienced from Jesus Christ.” Khalil Cavil is turning an incident meant to tear him down, into one that will build him up. https://t.co/qNKr2XFmJA
— Big 2 News KMID (@Local2NewsKMID) July 17, 2018
He told ABC his decision to post on Facebook was not about the missing tip.
It was not about the money. It was never about the money, it’s about shedding the light on an issue I feel very passionate about.
Terry Turney, the COO of Saltgrass Steak House, found out about the incident and announced the restaurant had banned the offending customer.
We stand by and support our employee. Racism of any form is unacceptable and we have banned this customer from returning to our establishment.
Khalil, my best to you. You did not deserve this treatment. I hope your employer backed you up. Best to you !!
— C DiS (@CraigDi33414) July 19, 2018