Marquis Moore (pictured) went to Zembie’s Sports Tavern in Harrisburg, Pa. to chow down on some wings and watch the game, so imagine his surprise when he saw the N-word allegedly printed on the bar tab space where his name was supposed to appear, according to The Patroit-News.
“It makes me feel like I’m just low,” Moore, 29, expressed. “A n–ga is an ignorant, disrespectful person. It has nothing to do with your skin color. What would possess you to put something like that on a piece of paper? You don’t even know who I am.”
However, Angelo Karagiannis, Zembie’s owner said that the racial slur was meant as a joke and not to be offended by it. Reportedly the establishment’s bartender, Megan Bonsall, told the owner Moore had been chatting with other bar patrons. So when she wanted to know Moore’s name, she asked a friend of his, who directed her to his Facebook page where he referred to himself as “sexy N-word.”
Bonsall claims, she wrote the controversial “N-word”reference on his receipt as a joke.
“Megan has worked for me for 12 to 13 years. There was no malice intended at all,” Karagiannis explained to The Patriot-News. “We have a Washington Football Team fan club and every week there are 12-15 black guys who come in to watch the games. We are not racist at all and serve anyone.”
The 29-year-old Harrisburg, Pa. man however begs to differ and feels that Bonsall’s excuse for using the racial slur does not hold water stating, “Even if that is the case, why didn’t she put ‘sexy n-gga’ on the check?” he contends.
Moore insists that Zembie is just a distant memory and has no plans on ever patronizing the bar again telling The Patriot-News, ” I’m hurt by the situation, I am just a random Joe and she could have just taken the time to ask my name,” Moore observed. “Racism is no longer behind closed doors.”