Oxford scholar Ntokozo Qwabe is adamant that waitress Ashleigh Schultz was not reduced to tears in the controversy he describes as “tipgate”.
“You must distinguish between the story as it happened and the story as it is told by the media‚” he told journalists in Johannesburg on Monday.
He said neither Schultz‚ nor the manager of Obs Café in Cape Town‚ “nor anyone actually cried”.
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“It’s not true that there was this bullied waitress who cried.”
The reference to “white tears” was about when a person was challenged and started getting uncomfortable‚ he said.
Schultz told the Sunday Times at the weekend that she cried because his behaviour was the last straw.
“What made me cry was the fact that someone could be so rude without understanding somebody else’s circumstances. I can understand protests and aiming at political figures and stuff like that. But you can’t go into a restaurant and demand your land back. I have got nothing to do with this‚” she said.
Qwabe stirred up a hornet’s nest when he posted comments about an encounter at the restaurant between himself‚ transgender activist Wandile Dlamini and Schultz on Facebook.
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He described how Dlamini had written‚ instead of leaving a tip‚ a note that said: “WE WILL GIVE TIP WHEN YOU RETURN THE LAND.
“The waitress comes to us with a card machine for the bill to be sorted out. She sees the note & starts shaking. She leaves us & bursts into typical white tears (like why are you crying when all we’ve done is make a kind request? lol!). Anyways‚ so this white woman goes to her colleagues who are furious. She exits to cry at the back & a white male colleague of hers reluctantly comes out to address us & to annoy us more with his own white tears telling us that he finds our act ‘racist’‚” said his post on Facebook.
Qwabe described as “hysterical” public reaction that set in motion fund raising initiatives that collected about R150,000 for Schultz.
Although he did not write the message on the till slip‚ he supported it. He said activists were tired of having to explain themselves. – TMG Digital[Source: Times Live]