Ashley Chiarizzio, 24, is a Red Robin restaurant in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee is receiving a lot of support after she says a customer rejected her because of the way she looks. Ashley love her style which is blue hair, tattoos and piercings but she says some don’t. And says she’s a very nice person when you get to know her.
That is why she is shocked when they didn’t even give her a shot they immediately asked her manager for another server because she did not like the way the waitress looked.
“He told me, ‘She doesn’t like the way you look,'” Ashley said. “He said, ‘She doesn’t like the way you represent — the tattoos, the piercings, hair — she wants a new server.'”
Ashley then added, “I’ve never had someone look at me and decide I wasn’t good enough to serve them.”
A spokesperson for Red Robin says it is aware of the incident and that there is nothing in the company’s dress policy that prevents an employee from having colored hair or tattoos.
The mean things the customer said had the server in tears that night and decided to share the story on Facebook:
To the lady who refused to let me serve her tonight because you didn’t agree with “what I represented” and “how I presented myself”, I just wanted to let you know, while I cried on my drive home, I prayed for you. I pray God over looks your judgement of me, I pray you learn acceptance and tolerance to things you didn’t grow up with, and I pray that you learn someone’s appearance does not affect their ability to work (especially to serve burgers and fries). You did however, light a fire under my butt so now I’m sitting at home with an even brighter blue in my hair, and planning out my next tattoo! All with you in mind. :) I hope you had a great dinner, and enjoyed your night out with your husband.
Also.. Might want to avoid restaurants that openly allow their employees to have tattoos, piercings, and “weird” hair. I hear Olive Garden is nice!
The post went viral immediately. Ashley received a number of likes, shares, and supportive comments.
“People were saying, ‘You’re awesome,'” she said. “It’s 100 percent overwhelming happiness and positivity from the community.”
Ashley also got another surprise when her co-workers all sprayed their hair blue in support of their friend. Some even wore temporary tattoos.
“It’s basically to say, ‘If you didn’t like it, you can’t sit with any of us because now we all have blue hair and tattoos,'” she said.
Ashley says she hopes by sharing her story that someone may think differently about people who don’t look like them.
Red Robin’s spokesperson says that the company has a non-discriminatory policy which says that if a customer asks for a new server for a discriminatory reason, the manager will not accommodate that customer.