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Sports Bar Rings Up Customers As 'Fat Girls'

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Christine Duran's jaw dropped when she got the bill for her dinner on Thursday night. It wasn't the price that stung but the way an employee had identified their table on the receipt: "Fat Girls."

Duran had gone out to dinner with two of her other friends at a Chilly D's Sports Lounge, which is part of a casino in Stockton, California. She told a local ABC affiliate: "I got the bill, I was looking at bill [and] I was like, ‘Why does this receipt say 'fat girls?'"

Right away she and her friends complained to the manager, but they weren't impressed with his response. Duran said he "had like a smirk on his face, like it was funny but trying not to laugh." The manager offered 25 percent and then 50 percent off the bill, but the women refused to pay.

In a Facebook post, the restaurant said that it fired the employee who put "fat girls" on the receipt, and it is retraining its employees:

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What happened to those girls at our bar was unacceptable and is in no way a reflection of how we run our business. We are just as appalled at what happened to these ladies and this employee has been immediately terminated. We are a family run business and strive to make our customers feel welcomed and appreciated. My family is embarrassed and we are holding a full staff meeting to re-train all of our remaining employees so that this never happens again. In no manner do we want to be associated with this type of behavior and it is devastating that one persons behavior has reflected on our family's establishment. My hope is, that we can rectify the situation by taking immediate action with this employee and by extending our most sincere apologies to these ladies and anyone that has been affected by this situation.

This isn't the first time we've heard of servers insulting customers on their bills, and it won't be the last. So far servers have used bills and receipts to call customers "McStinkyNigger", "Lady Chinky Eyes" and "Ching" and "Chong." (Has Urban Dictionary or someone come up with a portmanteau to describe this phenomenon yet?)Here's the local news station's report on the receipt: