STOCKTON, Calif. - When we pick up the check, we can sometimes expect it to hurt a little, but what happened Thursday night to three Stockton women, is another story. Now, they want the restaurant to pay.
Christina Duran and her friends had enjoyed their evening at the Cameo Club Casino's restaurant, but when the check came, Christina couldn't believe her eyes.
"I got the bill, and I was like, why does the receipt say, 'fat girls?'" Duran said.
At first, her friends assumed she was joking.
"I was laughing at her, and she was like, 'I'm serious.' I'm like, 'No, it does not say fat girls, let me see it,'" said Christina Huerta, who was also at the table along with Isabel Robles.
"[Huerta] was like, 'You're lying,'" Duran said. "And I was like, 'No, I'm serious. Look at it.' She was like, 'fat girls?'"
"I was like, 'Give me that,' and I'm looking at it. I was like, 'Oh, heck no,'" Robles said.
When the server returned, he denied having anything to do with it. He explained that, Jeff, the name on the receipt, must have been the one who typed the words into the system, but Jeff was gone, so the three demanded to see a manager.
"He had like a smirk on his face, like if it was funny, but he was trying not to laugh," Huerta said, describing the manager.
The manager apologized, but his first reaction was to offer 25 percent off the bill. The ladies were shocked.
"He was like, 'Well, I can do 50 percent,' and we were just like, are you serious?" Huerta said.
Huerta took a photo of the receipt, and although she was embarrassed, she wanted others to see it. The women said they can understand why people will laugh when they first hear this story, but after awhile it's no laughing matter.
"It's not," Robles said as she started to cry. "It's not funny. I can just see it over and over again, and I still can't believe it. They labeled us 'fat girls.' It's just something we got to deal with."
News10 asked the management at the Cameo Club Casino how something like this could happen.
"I was really appalled, obviously, at the behavior," Bar Manager Jimmy Seimers said.
Seimers wasn't working the night this happened, but when he found out, he questioned Jeff who, Seimers said, admitted to typing the words into the system.
"I don't think he understood completely because he was busy last night, but that's just no excuse," Seimers said.
Seimers said Jeff was suspended as management continues to investigate the incident; he added the investigation would probably not find anything to save Jeff's job.
Even though the restaurant is investigating the incident, Seimers wants apologize to the women.
"I just want to tell them that we're sincerely sorry for that, and that we'll do everything in our power to make sure that this never happens to anyone ever again," Seimers said.
Nonetheless, it isn't clear if anything can make up for the damage done.
"I still can't believe it," Huerta said. "I still can't get that out of my mind, what happened to us. I still can't believe that somebody would put that on a receipt."
"They can't change it," Robles said. "This is something that we got to live with, all three of us."
Several managers at the casino said this was an isolated incident and that a relatively new employee responsible. They also said they hope these three women will return to the casino, so that the managers can apologize in person.
By Gabriel Roxas, firstname.lastname@example.org
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