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Community Outraged by Racial Slur on Papa John's Pizza Order

The Green Valley Ranch store employee was fired and the company has apologized

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A Denver Papa John's franchise owned by Peyton Manning has apologized and fired one employee following the printing of a racial slur on a pizza order ticket.

The ticket printed Tuesday at the Papa John's Green Valley Ranch store was in the amount of $6.22 and included a slur in place of the customer's name, The Denver Post reports.

According to The Post, the mother of the 17-year-old customer, who is black, saw the ticket and reached out to Brother Jeff Fard, a community activist. Since Fard notified the press and took the issue to social media, the Papa John's employee responsible for the offense has been fired, and the company has issued an apology:

"This action is inexcusable and doesn't reflect our company values. After an internal investigation, we identified the cause of the issue and the employee is no longer a member of the Papa John's team. We sincerely apologize for the insensitive behavior of this individual. We have spoken with the customer and apologized for this incident. The former-employee that created this offensive label was African-American and claims that he knew the person ordering the pizza from high-school. We unequivocally do not condone this behavior and have terminated his employment," said Peter Collins, senior director of public relations for Papa John's, in a statement to Denver7.

This isn't the first time this summer Papa John's has had to apologize for racial slurs on pizza boxes. In June a Kentucky Papa John's employee was fired after including another slur on an order ticket.

Here is Fard's Tweet showing the original ticket and the slur:

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