We live in a day and age where everything gets posted on the internet. Although that means wading through huge amounts of people Instagramming their lunches, it also provides a powerful platform to bring awareness to injustice.
This man decided to show what happened to him in a Twitter post that ended up going absolutely viral. Of course, posting something online doesn’t mean that it’s going to enact change, but this was a good example of a time when that did happen. The Internet rallied around this guy so much that it actually resulted in the perpetrator, who sexually harassed him, getting fired.
Anyone who has ever worked in the service industry, specifically as a waiter or waitress, will tell you that it’s a thankless job. When you work your best, you get little appreciation, but every tiny mistake is treated like the end of the word by many customers. It’s pretty easy to forget that waiters are people and not just food-bringing machines.
This guy’s customer took it even further than that though. For some reason, she took it upon herself to not only single out this waiter, but to become incredibly inappropriate and eventually sexually harass him.
The victim, Troy Hibler, is a waiter from San Marcos, Texas. It might not have been uncommon for him to get a flirty table, but he noticed that this table, with two women, was particularly flirtatious. One of the women, by the name of Denise, asked him if she could take a picture with him. He said it was fine, because “the customer is always right.”
It wasn’t until later on that Troy was surfing the internet and realized that Denise had uploaded the pictures to her facebook. She posted a picture of her and her friend eating together and also the picture of herself with Troy. She wrote, “Having lunch… got the best handsome gentleman waiter with the sexiest eyes I’ve ever seen….”
So, that’s a little weird, but things got even weirder after Denise managed to find Troy’s Facebook profile. For some reason, he accepted her friend request, and then she sent him a pretty inappropriate message. It read, “Hey sexy thank you for accepting my friends request.” He wrote back, “You’re more than welcome! Thank y’all for coming through today.” She replied, “Anytime my love.”
It would have been kind of strange, but not so bad, if it had ended there. Of course, it didn’t. Over a solid half an hour later, she added, “By the way I left with wet panties thank you lol.”
Here’s the thing about the Internet: It’s much smaller than you’d think. So, when Troy tweeted about his experience and it went viral, it was only a matter of time before the woman, Denise, was identified. Soon, a Twitter user, @MikinoWhite, replied to Troy’s tweet and wrote, “That’s my substitute teacher broooo noooooooo.” According to Pizza Bottle, the woman soon became unemployed following the story.
Some seemed to think that the entire ordeal was funny, with one user writing, “Did she tip you or did you tip her?” Another wrote, “Accept the blessing let her pay ur bills.” Many were quick to point out that this constituted as sexual harassment.
Twitter user @carouseldemo pointed out that the entire thing should be taken more seriously. They wrote, “sorry to be a downer but this is disgusting ?????? i mean everyone’s laughing at it but like if the roles were switched and it was an older man saying those things or something similar to a young woman then people would be disgusted and call him a pervert but since it’s a older lady saying those things to a young man it’s funny and suddenly makes it okay ….. Sorry i just think it’s disgusting and perverted but maybe it’s just me who sees it that way.”
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