The Watering Hole waitress may have shouted, yelled and even cursed her customers, but there's no reason to believe she's guilty of discrimination, the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights has decided.

Last week, the commission dismissed a pair of complaints accusing the server of mistreating two customers based on their race.

"Based on the evidence gathered in this investigation, the Commission on Human Rights determined there was no reasonable cause to believe discrimination occurred as alleged," Chairman Gene Crump wrote Jan. 26 to the owners of the Watering Hole.

Cases closed, in other words.

The complaints date to June, when Alfreda Goods and Roosevelt Evans alleged they received poor service after a meal of wings and water -- so they left a 4-cent tip.

When they filed complaints with the commission in July, Goods and Evans said the server followed them down the block, confronted them and called them derogatory names -- including the n-word.

Goods alleged their treatment was based on their skin color.

But Watering Hole owner Anita McFarland has said Goods and Evans shorted the server $5, and then started the shouting match when the server confronted them.

Goods also had filed a complaint with Lincoln police, but the investigation went nowhere.

The investigator couldn't find the waitress because her address and phone no longer were valid, Officer Katie Flood said Wednesday. And the Watering Hole owner couldn't provide current contact information, she added.

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Reach Peter Salter at 402-473-7254 or psalter@journalstar.com.


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