The restaurant faced backlash for posting a picture and shaming the customer for paying the bill only in coins.
A restaurant in Lynchburg, Virginia is facing severe backlash online after they shamed a customer for paying with coins. Beer 88 posted a picture of a bill surrounded by coins, with a caption that read: "We'll just caption this... "How NOT to pay a restaurant", cause that's the nicest thing we can say about this ridiculousness."
According to WCVB, the restaurant soon faced backlash for posting such a distasteful image. People scrutinized Beer 88 for shaming the customer for paying only in coins. Others suggested that future customers only pay with coins. Many gave the restaurant a poor rating for their shaming post.
At least he paid and he left a $10 tip and I don't care if he paid in all pennies, it's still money— Debra Harris (@lakenyajo) July 19, 2018
Disgraceful. That restaurant deserves to be boycotted— Don Galasso (@DonGalasso) July 19, 2018
Beer 88 immediately dismissed the negative comments, pegging the reason behind the post as 'sarcasm' and 'humor'. The post was eventually deleted by the restaurant and they followed up with an apology. "It was posted as a joke, intended as a joke, and should be taken as a joke," the post explained.
He Paid his bill ....— Robert (@Robert00286110) July 19, 2018
THE BILL WAS PAID. SO WHY AM I NOT LAUGHING AT THIS "JOKE". BEER 88 ---JUST OWN IT!— Gloria Chairez (@vulcan54) July 19, 2018
But the restaurant even mentioned that paying with coins is "annoying to people that work in the restaurant/retail industry." "We try to keep our page funny and relatable, and had no idea that this would be offensive to anyone," the online post also read.
Apparently Beer 88 in Lynchburg, VA doesn’t need paying customers. Probably be wise to let them rest their cash registers for a week or two before heading back. Maybe then they won’t feel a need to express sarcasm toward any cash paying customer.— Thomas (@wwmayoremeritus) July 19, 2018
However, the restaurant continued to face an increasing amount of flake for their poorly-worded apology. Their Facebook page has been deactivated ever since. But that has not stopped people from giving the restaurant poor reviews. The online community began giving the restaurant a poor rating on their Place Look Up page.
While some continued to encourage future customers to pay in coins, others continued to call out the restaurant for their shameful behavior. "Pretty pathetic on your part. Shame on your restaurant." reads one comment, while another says: "What cruel people you are."
Some people even threatened to have the restaurant shut down. "Time to get this place closed down! Think a call to the health inspector is in order." said a commentator. "Don't have a restaurant if you don't accept currency!!" said another comment.
The young man who is allegedly the victim of the online shaming decided to start a fundraiser that would help others pay for their meal with the help of spare change. People praised the young man for his positive reaction to the online shaming.