GARDNER, Kan. (WDAF) – A Johnson County, Kansas family is angry at what they call “a borderline hate crime.”
They told Nexstar’s WDAF that someone sent an unwanted pizza delivery to their home this week, but pizza and salad weren’t the only items that were delivered. The Domino’s Pizza receipt they shared included a bullying message aimed at their teenage daughter.
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Marty Postlethwait, the girl’s grandmother, said it was Monday evening when this delivery driver came to their door. The driver’s receipt carried this message: “When they answer, say for [the teenager] she takes the salad because she is fat.
Postlethwait said the order was likely placed through Domino’s website, where the order form also provides space for delivery instructions, and the bullying message appears to have been typed there.
“I think as far as they went, that person should be held accountable for their actions. The sad thing is that Domino’s didn’t make it easy for them to find answers,” Postlethwait said.
A duty manager at Gardner Dominos locations told WDAF that the franchise owner was out of town this week. The girl’s father said he had complained to restaurant managers, both locally and at company level.
The teen attends school in the Gardner-Edgerton School District and the family believes the abusive message came from a classmate.
“The feelings of this little girl have been crushed. There is no “I’m sorry”. We can not do anything. I think that’s the hardest part,” Postlethwait said.
Domino’s Pizza, which is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sent this statement to WDAF: “We send our sincere apologies to the family affected by this hurtful language. It is heartbreaking that the person who placed this order took advantage of our online ordering system in this way… We look forward to discussing this incident directly with the family.
This statement from Domino’s indicates that the company denies that its driver read this message aloud. School district leaders said they hope the student’s family will contact them because this district does not tolerate any form of bullying.