By JAMES LEWIS

Food - News

TikTok Is
Furious At
IHOP's
'Racist Karen'

Customer service is always at the heart of any restaurant, but sometimes things can get out of hand. A recent viral TikTok video showed a rather unpleasant interaction between a customer and a server at an IHOP in Orlando.

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According to a video uploaded to TikTok by user j._bianca, a customer at an IHOP location in Orlando was subjected to discrimination because they did not receive straws with their meal. The narrator called out a server named Faith, who allegedly provided straws to white people while informing Black customers there were none.

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TikTokers' views are split on whether the IHOP waitress' actions were racist or a response to a genuine shortage of straws. Multiple TikTokers labeled the customer a Karen, stating that the video doesn't show straws on any other tables and that other diners can be seen drinking without straws.

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This is not the first racism scandal IHOP has faced. In 1992, the restaurant settled out of court for $185,000 after Black customers claimed they had been refused entry, and in 2019, a former IHOP employee who is Black sued the chain for racial discrimination.

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