Customer called ‘fatty’ on receipt; restaurant owner apologizes

WARWICK, R.I. (WAVY/CNN) — Dillion Arnold just wanted to grab a cold beer with friends, but his night turned sour after he received a fat-shaming message.

Arnold was with friends Wednesday at All Stars Bar & Grill, a bar in Warwick, Rhode Island, when he was insulted.

“I was signing my slip,” Arnold told CNN affiliate WJAR. “I didn’t really pay attention to it yet, and then I just happened to read it and I saw it in the corner and I was like, ‘Wow,’ and my heart just dropped.”

The receipt read “fatty” in the place intended for the customer’s name. Arnold posted a photo of the receipt on Facebook and outrage began to spread online.

“[The server] legit ID’ed me as ‘fatty,’ then he wouldn’t admit it. They lost mine and my friends business,” the 24-year-old stated in his post.

When the owner of the restaurant, Tony Ambrosio, found out about the incident, he quickly apologized and fired the server in question.

“We sincerely apologize for your negative experience last night. It was very unprofessional to say the least. We take full accountability for what occurred and would like to make it up to you,” Ambrosio posted in the comments of Arnold’s Facebook photo.

The server turned out to be Ambrosio’s son. Now, the server is not only out of a job, but he is also no longer allowed on the restaurant’s property.

Both Ambrosio and his son have reached out to Arnold to personally apologize, but Arnold told CNN that he refuses to speak to them right now. Even though Arnold isn’t ready to hear from Ambrosio he did release a statement on his Facebook.

“I’m not looking to see Allstars get shut down or vandalized or anything. Justice has been done and it’s over and done with.”

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