Restaurants Turning Receipts Into Political Message Boards

“Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today).”

Some restaurants are getting political and posting messages to customers on their receipts.

The Washington Post highlighted several eateries doing just that. Starting in Washington D.C., Mezcalero is described as “the hottest new Mexican restaurant in the district.” It’s owner, an immigrant of 17 years and a green card holder, said he works hard and wants to make America great.

“America is great already,” owner Alfredo Solis said. 

Solis adds this message at the bottom of his receipts: “Immigrants help make America great!”

Similarly in Brooklyn, Mark Simmons’s restaurant Kiwiana has also added a pro-immigration message to its receipt, reminding customers who cooked their food:

“Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today).”

NBC News contributor Mary Emily O’Hara posted a photo of her receipt on Twitter after visiting the restaurant:

The Post was sure to point out two instances where customers put anti-immigration messages on their checks. Diners at Di Frabo in San Antonio wrote, “The food was tasty and the service was attentive. However, the owner is ‘Mexican.’ We will not return. ‘America first.’” The owner's name is Fernando Franco. He has been in the country four years, regularly renewing his investment visa.

A couple in Harrisonburg, Virginia, reportedly withheld a tip for their waitress, a U.S.-born 18-year-old of Mexican and Honduran descent, and wrote instead: “We only tip citizens.”

Thankfully, WaPo was honest enough to include the story about the Trump voter who tipped his black waitress at a liberal D.C. restaurant on inauguration day $450 on a $72.60 bill once he realized they were on different sides of the political spectrum. His note is what makes America great, too:

“We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people. Not race. Not gender. Just American. God Bless!”