A waitress at a Texas restaurant claimed that an area law enforcement employee scribbled a racial slur against Hispanics on a meal receipt. However, a county sheriff’s immediate investigation revealed the whole thing was a hate hoax. Now, that sheriff is speaking out.
Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said he received a complaint on Monday night in which a waitress working at a Waco Japanese restaurant accused an unidentified employee of the Sheriff’s Office of writing “a racist remark on a check against the Hispanic community.”
The alleged “hate” message was posted online. However, it appears to have been removed, although KWTX obtained the image. Some words are scribbled and others are crossed out or redacted. Still, the word “Mexicans” is legible.
Shipley took this complaint very seriously, according to a press release provided to Breitbart Texas by the Sheriff’s Office. “As Sheriff of Freestone County, I wanted to personally make sure I received all the information pertaining to a complaint of this nature on one of my employees and that’s why it was me knocking on doors,” he wrote, emphasizing he “will not tolerate nor employ any person(s) that I know to be of racial mind or intentions.”
The sheriff also stated, “We would rather spread love than hate and that’s exactly what I also expect from my office.”
On Tuesday, he met with the restaurant’s owner described as “very cooperative and willing to assist in any way possible through the investigation.” Shipley also reviewed surveillance video footage, compared the handwriting on the customer’s bill against different sources, and gathered additional information. Then, with assistance from the McGregor Police Department, sat down with the unidentified waitress.
“During the conversation with the waitress, the waitress confessed to writing the racial comment on the ticket herself due to being upset that day,” stated Shipley. “The waitress confirmed that she took the ticket book containing the ticket from the customers at the table, went into the restroom, and hand wrote, herself, on the receipt the racial comment.”