UPDATE: According to news reports, the server fabricated the incident and has now admitted his lie, apologized and is in the process of returning all donations sent to him. The Odessa American Online reports:

Terry Turney, COO of Saltgrass, issued this: “After further investigation, we have learned that our employee fabricated the entire story. The customer has been contacted and invited back to our restaurant to dine on us. Racism of any form is intolerable, and we will always act swiftly should it occur in any of our establishments. Falsely accusing someone of racism is equaling disturbing.”

See: https://www.oaoa.com/news/business/article_741af8b8-8eb5-11e8-b276-6fd15202251a.html

CAIR-DFW agrees and stands by its applause of Saltgrass Steak House as they maintain their stance against racism in any form.

[Original Press Release]

CAIR-DFW Applauds Restaurant’s Banning of Islamophobe

Customer banned after writing ‘we don’t tip terrorist’ on receipt

(DALLAS, TEXAS, 7/19/2018) – The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is applauding Saltgrass Steak House for promptly banning a customer who left a hateful message about a server’s assumed religious identity on his receipt.

On July 15, Khalil Cavil posted a photo on his Facebook Timeline showing a receipt on which a customer wrote “We don’t tip terrorist” and circled the server’s Arabic name, which translates to “Friend” in English. The post created an uproar online, receiving more than 7,500 comments, 19,000 shares and 26,000 reactions.

Cavil commented: “Last night at work I received this note from one of my tables. At the moment I didn’t know what to think nor what to say, I was sick to my stomach. I share this because I want people to understand that this racism, and this hatred still exists.”

SEE: https://www.facebook.com/khalil.cavil/posts/2546737428694080

According to Odessa American Online, Saltgrass Steak House released a statement saying “We stand by and support our employee. Racism of any form is unacceptable and we have banned this customer from returning to our establishment.”

SEE: https://www.oaoa.com/news/local/article_f6b1f89a-8941-11e8-a62c-b36bd18d5067.html

“It’s important to recognize people and organizations when they take a stand against Islamophobia, racism and hatred in any form,” said John Janney, executive director of CAIR-DFW. “We hope that others follow this example because it truly makes a difference in society.”

Cavil is planning to attend college in Dallas later this year, at which time Janney said he would like to meet with him and personally thank him for standing up to hate.

Janney said people experiencing anti-Muslim bias can submit an incident report on the CAIR-DFW website: https://cairdfw.org/incident-report/

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney, 469-998-2243, john.janney@cairdfw.org

Photo Credit: Khalil Cavil https://www.facebook.com/khalil.cavil