The man accused of writing the 'n word' on the tip line of his Red Lobster check has claimed innocence from day one, but now Devin Barnes has darn good proof he didn't write it! Barnes and his wife came in to pick up take out and left the check on the table. Waitress Christina Jenkins, 19, claimed that when she got the check, the tip line said 'none ni**er' and she was so shocked she posted it on her Facebook page. Along with the photo, she wrote, "This is what I got as a tip last night...so happy to live in the proud southern states...God Bless America, land of the free and home of the low class racists of Tennessee." Jenkins had an outpouring of support and over 1,000 people contributed money to her for a total of $10,759!
After getting threats on his life, Barnes, 20, and his wife hired a forensics handwriting expert to prove he didn't write the slur portion on the tip line. He admits he did write 'none' on the tip line. The entire incident was strange from the start. Why would he write 'none' on the tip line and add the slur underneath it when there was ample room to write both on the same line? Jenkins says she believes him, "I know I didn't write it. If he's claiming he didn't write it, I believe him wholeheartedly. I'm just that kind of person. I have nothing against him or his family." Jenkins says she was using the money raised for her to buy a car, pay for school and helping her church. It seems unlikely she would be the culprit since she couldn't have foreseen getting a financial reward and there would be no type of motive. The nursing student was suspended and had to sign an acknowledgment that her post on Facebook violated the policy at Red Lobster.
Barnes says, "A lot of people on the Internet who I don't know are calling me a racist and I'm thinking people have their own opinion but I know I am not a racist. I don't see color. I have many mixed color friends." He backed up his statement with the expert's opinion, he concluded, "There is evidence to indicate that Devin Barnes did not write the total entry. No significant handwriting characteristic similarities were noted." His wife was tested and excluded as well. Obviously that leaves the question, who did? People commenting on the story wonder if Miss Jenkins will have her handwriting analyzed, especially since she received such a large amount of money based on her claim. If she's not telling the truth about being involved, it will likely come out because the Barnes are demanding justice.
The Barnes' are planning to sue Red Lobster over the claim, but Red Lobster says they haven't been contacted regarding a suit yet. Is it possible that someone else working in the restaurant or another customer wrote the 'n word' on the check? Hopefully, they'll find out who the culprit actually is. The expert, Thomas Vastrick, is renowned in his field. He wrote a book called 'Forensic Document Examination Techniques' in 2004 and has over 30 years of experience. His biography at the National Center for Forensic Science says, "He has testified in hundreds of hearings primarily throughout the southeastern portion of the United States as an expert witness." Red Lobster better be ready for a fight!
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