Well, if you're this woman from Bismarck, North Dakota, you no longer work for said restaurant! Yes, this young former waitress at the Famous Dave's in Bismarck thought it would be funny to complain about the influx of customers during the United Tribes International Powwow.
Maybe she thought she'd get away with it but Indians are on the Internet these days (surprise!) and word spread quickly about her inappropriate use of social media and she was just as quickly canned by the owner of the franchise.
Employees fired for Facebook post
By Jessica Holdman
The photo depicted one employee holding a cardboard sign that read, “Help I’m a server at Famous Dave’s on Pow Wow weekend! Anything helps! 5 cents 25 cents! It’s more than my tips.”
The employee pictured was in the restaurant and wearing her uniform in the photo. She and the employee who took the photo were both fired.
“Like many employers, we employ many people. People have opinions. Social media allows an outlet for these opinions,” owner Mike Wright said in a statement on Facebook. “Sadly, for reasons unknown to me, often times bitter employees also try to embarrass the employers and taint the businesses where they work. Clearly a recent post by a now former employee fits this description.”
I am saddened to see a person's business tarnished by this young woman's inappropriate post. He post signal that there is much work needed to be done to combat racism and negative stereotypes. I am sure she was socialized perhaps by her peers, family and to some extent, the stereotypes in the media, to view Natives in this regard.
For more on restaurant-oriented racism, see Happy Meal Characters Stereotype Indians and Restaurant Serves "Half-Breed" Hamburgers.