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Customer sues waitress, Red Lobster over racial slur on receipt

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A lawsuit has been filed in the case of a racial slur written on a Red Lobster receipt last fall in Franklin.

The customer caught up in the middle of it all is suing the waitress and the restaurant chain.

In September, Devin Barnes ate at the Red Lobster in Cool Springs.

He said he was running tight on time, so he had his waitress put the meal into a to-go container. And when he paid the bill, he wrote "none" under tip.

The next day, a friend told Barnes to check Facebook, because his personal information was on a receipt where someone had written the n-word.

The story soon went viral and got worldwide attention.

In court on Thursday, Barnes filed suit against the waitress, Toni Jenkins, and Red Lobster, claiming that Barnes and his family have suffered because of the situation.

According to the court filing, they have expert testimony from a handwriting analyst to prove Barnes didn't write the racial slur on the receipt.

Barnes is suing Jenkins for posting his personal information on the Internet and for receiving about $11,000 in donations based on the story.

He also contends the restaurant didn't do enough to contain the situation.

In response, the restaurant chain said in a statement that, "it is against our policy to post guest information online. Our standard procedure is to suspend the employee involved with pay while we determine what happened. After the completion of a full investigation into this matter, Ms. Jenkins returned to work."

The lawsuit is asking for a jury trial and $1 million in damages.

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