A fresh funding campaign for ‘bullied’ waitress, Ashleigh Schultz, has raised $6,125 (R87,500) of its $10,000 target in three days.
It follows an amount of R44,777.70 that was raised in an online campaign for Schultz, who was allegedly reduced to tears by #RhodesMustFall activist Ntokozo Qwabe last week.
The initiative took off after a R50 donation was made by Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz’s spokesperson, Sihle Ngobese.
Roman Cabanac, who hosts a CliffCentral podcast called The Renegade Report, thereafter began a Twitter campaign that has raised R44,777.70 for the woman.
The Renegade Report said the donation will be given to the waitress directly. “What she chooses to do with it is her concern, not ours,” it said.
The waitress was allegedly reduced to tears by Ntokozo Qwabe‚ an RMF leader at Oxford University‚ who had posted a Facebook rant relaying that he was pleased with not tipping the woman.
He had posted: “We are out at ObzCafe … and the time for the bill comes. Our waitress is a white woman. I ask … what the going rate for tips/gratuity is in these shores. They look at me very reluctantly and they say ‘give me the slip‚ I’ll sort that out’. I give them the slip.
“They take a pen & slip in a note where the gratuity/tip amount is supposed to be entered. The note reads in bold: “WE WILL GIVE TIP WHEN YOU RETURN THE LAND”.”
“The waitress comes to us with a card machine for the bill to be sorted out. She sees the note & starts shaking. She leaves us & bursts into typical white tears (like why are you crying when all we’ve done is make a kind request? lol!).”
A new funding page created by Ernst Shea Kruger, a South African living in the US, titled: Tip Ashleigh Schultz: Qwabe’s Server at GoFundMe, has already raised more than R85,000 from 285 pledges. The fund is targeting $10,000 for the waitress.
News24 reported that strangers have been visiting Obz Cafe in Cape Town simply to give money to the waitress.