A Texas waitress was reportedly caught in a lie after she made claims that a sheriff's department employee wrote a racist note on a restaurant receipt — and the sheriff is furious.
What are the details?
According to KWTX-TV, Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said that a social media post in which a server at a Waco restaurant made allegations that one of the department's employees wrote a racist note went viral.
"The character and integrity of this employee and my office has been attacked based on a lie that spread through social media," Shipley said, according to KWTX.
The incident reportedly occurred at Fuji Japanese Steak House in Waco on July 30 and went viral when a server reportedly said that an employee with the department "had written a racist remark on a check against the Hispanic community."
“Our employee and the immediate family have received numerous hate messages from this fabricated lie,” Shipley said of the social media post.
“I’m hopeful that the same people who were so mean and hateful without fact checking, will now message apologizing for their actions now that the facts of this unfortunate situation has come to light,” he added.
What happened after the sheriff met the restaurant manager?
Shipley said he met with the restaurant manager on Tuesday to discuss the disturbing allegation, and noted that the manager was cooperative and was willing to review surveillance video footage with the sheriff.
Upon reviewing the video, and after comparing the penmanship on the check to other writing, the sheriff and manager reportedly met with the server in question.
“During the conversation with the waitress, the waitress confessed to writing the racial comment on the ticket herself due to being upset that day,” Shipley explained.
He noted that the server took the ticket book, which contained the ticket from the sheriff's employee's table, and hand-wrote the slur herself while hiding out in the restroom.
What did the waitress say?
The waitress apparently didn't realize her apparent lie would "create this type of problem," according to Shipley.
“The waitress advised that she was sorry for what she did and advised that she didn’t know it would create this type of problem,” he added.
Shipley concluded his remarks with a stern admonishing for people to be hyper-vigilant about believing what's on social media before having all of the facts before them.
“My employee did not deserve this, nor does my office or any law enforcement agency in this state or across America. This is a perfect time to remind people that just because it’s on social media doesn’t make it true,” Shipley said.
A spokesperson for the restaurant told TheBlaze that two waitresses were fired in connection with the incident.