Calling Asians Racist Slurs on Fast Food Receipts is Now a National Trend

The first two incidents happened in Irvine, Calif., now a woman in NYC received a receipt calling her 'lady chinky eyes.'

By Jorge Rivas Jan 09, 2012

Ever ordered something at Jamba Juice or Starbucks and been asked for your name? The process is supposed to help speed things up and make sure customers get the correct drink but now a third incident has been recorded where a fast-food worker called an Asian customer a derogatory and racist name on the receipt.

The first two incidents happened last month when two young Asian-Americans placed an order at a Chik-fil-A restaurant in Irvine, Calif. and along with their change, the employee handed them a receipt listing their names as "Ching" and "Chong."

And now on the other side of the United States in Harlem, a 16-year-old employee at a Papa John’s pizza restaurant, identified an Asian-American customer on the receipt as "lady chinky eyes."

The woman who was the victim of last Friday’s Papa John’s incident went to Twitter shortly after she got her receipt. "Hey @PapaJohns just FYI my name isn’t "lady chinky eyes," tweeted Minhee Cho, who just so happens to be the communications manager at ProPublica. She also included a picture with her tweet.

"We are very upset by recent receipt issue in New York & sincerely apologize to our customer. Franchise employee involved is being terminated," Papa John’s tweeted soon after Cho’s tweet went viral.

The owner of the store, Ronald Johnson, told NY Daily News that he was shocked over the incident and planned on having sensitivity trainings to make sure nothing similar ever happened again.

And the Papa John employees desperately need it because an assistant manager told The Post  he thought ‘the lady put it out there just to get some attention–some people like that type of attention."