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UPDATE: Fat Joe’s in Fond du Lac responds to waitress being fired

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THURSDAY 7:10 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) — Management from Fat Joe’s, the restaurant which recently received backlash after a waitress said she lost her job for refusing to serve a table, is defending itself.

Whitney Wallender, an owner and operator of the Fat Joe’s, says “Everybody has their opinions, everybody is entitled to their opinions. Us as a business, we have to stay as neutral as possible.”

Wallender told Local 5 affiliate, CBS 58, that she and her management team made the decision to send the waitress, Brittany Spencer, home for the day, but hadn’t fired her.

“She decided she wanted to post stuff on Facebook about being sent home,” says Wallender. “And we just made the business decision that we can’t have employees that aren’t going to make us look good as an establishment.”

Spencer was fired the next day, according to Wallender.

“We should be able to get along as a community,” Wallender adds, “Everyone has different opinions, and I think it’s important that we know how to live with people that have different opinions than us.”

Fat Joe’s says they plan on having their Facebook page back up again soon.

Fond du Lac waitress fired for refusing to serve customer, standing up for another

WEDNESDAY 10/16/19 12:14 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) — Fat Joe’s is still open for business, but their Facebook page has been taken down. And a waitress is out of a job.

This is all due to some transphobic comments made by a customer Saturday night.

Brittany Spencer made a Facebook post Saturday night after being sent home from her waitressing job at Fat Joe’s for not waiting on a table.

In that post, Spencer explains that an elderly couple nearby started talking negatively about gender identity.

I got sent home from work early because I refused to serve a table who were making transphobic remarks about guests at one of my other tables. Oh well, at least I stand by my morals and beliefs. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Posted by Brittany Rossio-Spencer on Saturday, October 12, 2019


Posted by Brittany Rossio-Spencer on Sunday, October 13, 2019

“[They] attempted to engage me in the conversation, asking if I thought it was disgusting and wrong and why would they be allowed in the establishment. I quickly responded ‘No, I don’t think it’s wrong’ and walked away,” Spencer told Local 5 affiliate CBS 58.

Her manager then reportedly told her to suck it up or go home – which she did. Spencer was then allegedly fired for her Facebook post.

The overwhelming response caused the business to take down their page.

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