20-year-old Khalil Cavil of Texas was working at the Saltgrass Steak House in Odessa when he claimed he was discriminated against because of his Muslim name.
Cavil took to Facebook, where he posted a customer’s receipt the stated “we don’t tip terrorist” with a circle around the name Khalil.
The post quickly went viral with people taking his side, including Muslim activist Dr. Debbie Almontaser who wrote: “A Christian named Khalil Cavil was left a bill with no tip at the Saltgrass Steak House in Odessa, Texas, that said: ‘we don’t tip terrorist’ because the customer thought he was a Muslim.
“The impact of Islamophobia on black and brown people.
The restaurant also took Cavil’s side and supported him by banning the alleged racist from their restaurant.”
Police were called to investigate the hate crime. Meanwhile, the server spoke to a television station on which claimed that he suffered from a racist attack.
After sharing his post on Facebook, Cavil quickly received donations from supporters.
Police soon discovered that the whole incident was a lie and that Cavil wrote the message himself.
Saltgrass Steak House publicly apologized and invited the customer to return to the restaurant for a free meal while Cavil no longer works at the restaurant.
The donations that were collected for Cavil are also being returned to those who donated the cash.
After his hoax was exposed, Cavil also apologized and said: “I’m sorry. I deeply made a huge big mistake. I’m in the process of getting the help that I need.”