Two men at a restaurant enjoyed excellent service from a pleasant white waitress, who made sure that they were well taken care of the entire time. At the end of it, she thanked them for dining and they parted ways before she saw the sickening message that they left her in place of a tip.
Exhausted from working several jobs, 25-year-old Ashleigh Shultz was finishing up her waitressing shift, before heading home to extremely difficult circumstances. As she cleaned up the table, she noticed that the two black diners made her tip conditional upon one thing that she has no control over, described in a nasty note that she didn’t see coming.
Ntokozo Qwabe, who is a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, had been out with a friend to eat at Obz Cafe in Western Cape, South Africa, when he decided that this white woman didn’t need a tip because of her skin color and what it meant to him. Despite that he’s enjoying an incredible education, paid for by Rhodes estate, this entitled racist felt that he was due more free stuff as reparations for something he never personally suffered.
Tears ran down her face as she read the note, which said, “We will give tip when you return the land,” in place of any sort of tip, and Qwabe seemed to delight in the stressed out waitress’ heartbreaking response. The disgusting diner and his friend soaked in her tears, as they watched from afar and laughed, before posting about it on social media. What they didn’t realize is why Ashleigh works this job and what the money means to her, which was more important than his arrogant moment.
According to The Metro, in a post that Qwabe made on Facebook about stiffing the waitress, the Rhodes scholar joked about how he and his friend made the woman cry “typical white tears,” leaving him “unable to stop smiling because something so black and wonderful had happened.”
“She sees the note and starts shaking. It is irrelevant whether you personally have land/wealth or you don’t. Go to your fellow white people and mobilize for them to give us the land back,” he further explained in his post, about why leaving her this message was more important than money that she evidently didn’t deserve since she’s a white South African.
Qwabe’s post may have gone over well with his racist crowd, but soon those who know Ashleigh found it and didn’t take it quite the same way. The woman works as a waitress on the side simply to pay for her mother’s cancer treatment, who has no other way of affording the crucial care. Qwabe still didn’t care, since his irrelevant point was more important to him, but thankfully the droves of strangers on the Internet saw things differently.
As word began to leak of this deplorable incident, a campaign emerged on the waitress’ behalf, hoping to give her the tip that Qwabe and company were too entitled to provide. As a result, South Africans showed this classless scholar what they really think of his cause by raising over $5,000 for the waitress in just three days.
It’s grossly hypocritical that a man who has been handed a completely free education, whereas Ashleigh has not, is demanding more payback from her, despite his privilege. Since his name and photo are out there now, thanks to his “protest” against a race, he can never trust a meal served to him at a restaurant again. That’s only fair since a server should be allowed reparations for what he puts working people through.