• Profane message on Pizza Hut receipt angers residents

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- Angered by what has been called a racist remark written on a receipt from a local Pizza Hut, about 30 people came to Detroit Lakes City Hall on July 22 to air concerns and consider protests against a local Pizza Hut.

According to the Detroit Lakes Tribune, the activist group, People Committed to Undoing Racism, held the special meeting. The group alleges that on April 3, an area family received an order from the Pizza Hut that included a receipt bearing vulgarities and remarks about the family's economic status and intelligence. PCUR representatives called the comments profane, racist and aimed at the family's American-Indian descent.

The Tribune was provided a copy of the receipt, but reported that it didn't contain any direct racist slurs. The receipt read: "These people can no longer order from us because they are poor, stupid, (expletive) (extremely offensive expletive)."

The Pizza Hut's assistant manager, Tonia Hammer, called the comments, made by one of the store's employees, very rude, but not racist. She said Pizza Hut has had problems in the past with the family harassing delivery drivers and lacking enough money to pay for previous orders.

She also said the comments on the receipt were intended to serve as instructions for employees, not to be read by the family.

Hammer said the employee who wrote the note was disciplined for the incident and warned that a similar slip-up would result in termination.

The family who received the receipt has hired an attorney and is preparing to sue the Pizza Hut.

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