Updated 07/27/2012 05:17 PM
Red Robin employees donate tips to support Colorado shooting victims
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WILMINGTON — Red Robin restaurants across the state are doing their part to support victims of the Colorado theater shooting.
One of the 12 killed that night and several who were injured were Red Robin employees. Now, servers, bus boys, cooks and managers in North Carolina are giving up some of their wages to help. They are hoping people will do the same. Winston-Salem resident Ashton Hughes came to Red Robin for a burger on Friday, but said she will come back for another reason.
"[The employees] are trying to help. That's what's important," said Huges.
Ashley Besher is a waitress and has decided to give to the cause.
"I gave 75-percent of my tips last night. I plan on doing the same thing today and probably throughout the rest of my weekend shifts," said Besher.
The money will go to support all of the victims, but specifically the family of Alex Sullivan, a Red Robin employee from Aurora killed at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
General Manager of the Wilmington Red Robin Brian Dunmire, had kind words to describe Sullivan.
"He was a great team member with Red Robin. We all have those team members that we know and love, and he was one of those, certainly, that everyone in Aurora knew," said Dunmire.
Servers say they won't ask customers to donate, because they do not want to pressure anyone. But they want the community to know each employee has chosen to donate a percentage of their tips. It is for that reason that Hughes said others should look for the purple ribbons employees are wearing in honor of the victims and give whatever they can.
"Think about if it was your family. If it was your family, you would do the same thing. You would put all of your money towards it," said Hughes.
Donations can also be made online.