Tennessean Devin Barnes, 21, was accused of writing a racial slur on a Red Lobster restaurant receipt last year, now he’s suing after a handwriting expert has concluded it wasn’t his hand writing.
The waitress also posted the receipt on the Internet at the time.
Devin Barnes, 21, claims he never wrote the racial slur on the receipt, and that the negative attention he received as a result of the way Toni Christina Jenkins – the waitress who claims to have received the slur – publicized the incident is slanderous.
In Barnes’ suit, filed in Williamson County Circuit Court, he claims Jenkins slandered him by misusing his personal information, and that Red Lobster’s ‘willful and malicious … omissions to act’ by failing to prevent Jenkins from using his name and information ‘to gain publicity and money’ has caused lasting damage to his reputation.
The waitress went on to raise money from the incident, Now, Barnes is suing both her and Red Lobster for $1 million.
In the weeks following Jenkins’ posting the photo on the web, the left-wing blog AddictingInfo.org started an online fundraiser for her that raised more than $10,000 – money Jenkins later said she planned to use to buy a car.
Barnes admits that he didn’t tip Jenkins, but says he didn’t tip her because the order was a takeout order – but he adamant that he never wrote the slurs on the receipt, and even hired a hand-writing analyst to take analyze the receipt.