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Papa John's apologizes for racial slur

Papa John's receipt – with Asian slur written on it – goes online, prompts apology. Papa John's says it has dismissed the employee.

By Associated Press / January 9, 2012

John Schnatter, founder and chief executive of Papa John's Pizza, arrives at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles in November. The pizza chain apologized this weekend on Facebook and Twitter for a racial slur written by one of its employees on a receipt.

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NEW YORK

Papa John's Pizza is apologizing after an employee typed a racial slur on a receipt to a customer at one of its New York City locations.

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Customer Minhee Cho posted a message on Twitter along with an image of the receipt from a Manhattan location describing her as "lady chinky eyes."

Several hours later after the message had gone viral, the Louisville, Ky.-based company formally apologized on its Facebook and Twitter pages for Cho's experience.

The company says the employee was dismissed.

Spokeswoman Tish Muddon told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the company was attempting to reach Cho to apologize.

Cho didn't immediately respond to messages sent by email and Twitter.

The image of the receipt on her Twitter page shows she went to Papa John's on Friday.

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