Butt-dialed racial rant prompts firing of Sanford pizza worker

Papa John's says worker fired over comments

Author: Erik Sandoval, Reporter, esandoval@wkmg.com
Published On: May 27 2013 04:29:55 PM EDT   Updated On: May 28 2013 05:58:20 PM EDT
Papa John's sign

A delivery man for a Papa John's pizza store in Sanford was fired after a customer received a racially-loaded voicemail from him complaining about his tip.

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The call was made a few hours after the pizza was delivered on Sunday, May 19, from the store on West Lake Mary Blvd.

In an audio recording of the call posted on YouTube (Warning: Graphic), the delivery man is heard talking to a group of friends or co-workers.

"Did he tip you?" one of the men in the room asks.

"No, not at all," the driver responded. "I guess that's one of the requirements of being a n***** in Sanford. They gave me five bucks. They're fine, outstanding gentlemen of the African American community."

The call, which appears to have been accidentally dialed, contained at least two racially-fueled songs sung by the men.

Papa John's management told Local 6 the driver was fired because of the incident.

Papa John's corporate offices issued a statement apologizing for the conduct, saying, "All of our employees receive training in harassment and the laws of discrimination, and we reject this type of behavior in the strongest terms possible."  The company also condemned the employee's comments on its Facebook page.

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Local 6 tried to contact the driver whose phone was used to make the call, but his voicemail inbox was full.

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