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Receipt with racial slur received by Neville family member

The slur was apparently in response to a discount on a meal . (FOX 8 Photo) The slur was apparently in response to a discount on a meal . (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A member of one of the city's most famous families is considering taking legal action after receiving a restaurant receipt with a racial slur on it.

Aaron Neville's niece, Liryca Neville, said she received the receipt after eating at Huck Finn's café on Decatur Street. She said the incident is an example of institutionalized racism.

The slur was apparently in response to a discount on a meal because someone in Neville's party did not like her catfish. Neville's mother posted a picture of the receipt Thursday on her Facebook page. The family said it was immediately shared and quickly went viral.

At a news conference Friday, Neville and her attorney questioned whether this is the first time something like this has happened. They're now considering taking legal action and they're asking for a face-to-face public apology from the waiter and the restaurant owners.

Huck Finn's released the following statement:

"Today, Huck Finn¹s Café recognizes that the action taken by an employee Thursday afternoon has caused a great deal of outrage and heartache among many in our community and on social media. We acknowledge that the anger and disappointment being expressed is legitimate and has serious merit. We want everyone to know that we agree. The employee¹s behavior was offensive and completely unacceptable.

"Ownership stands by the decision of the restaurant's general manager to immediately and unilaterally fire the employee for his deplorable behavior. It was the right decision and his termination is consistent with company policy. Moreover, Huck Finn's Café is committed to reviewing all of our systems to further prevent anything of this nature from ever happening again.

"Finally, we sincerely hope that the ignorant action of one employee is not considered a reflection of the entire staff at Huck Finn's Café. His behavior and language simply do not fit our belief system. All of our customers should be treated with love, dignity and respect, and we will not tolerate anything less. We humbly apologize to our customers and our community for this deeply regrettable incident. We share your heartache and outrage and would welcome an opportunity to deliver a personal apology to the individuals involved in the incident."

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