Servers rely heavily on their tips since there’s no way they can live off their hourly wages, and when they get stiffed by their customers, well, it’s down right infuriating.
However, getting stiffed by a patron for discriminatory reasons is just on a whole other level of anguish.
A waitress at Buffalo Wing Wings in Rockford, Illinois, last week waited on a family that spent $60.55 at the chicken wing chain and decided to skip out without even leaving a tip. Despite the fact that while serving the family, Samantha Heaton’s sexuality or political stance was not brought up the entire time, this family took one look at Heaton’s rainbow tattoo and made the decision to criticize her for it.
The message that was left, instead of a tip on the merchant’s copy of the receipt read, “Can’t tip someone who doesn’t love Jesus! Bad tatoo [sic].”
In an interview with The River Rock Times, Heaton noted, “I went above and beyond for this couple, and for them to leave that [note] kind of hurt. Like, I have bills to pay too.”
Heaton’s co-worker immediately took to social media after snapping a picture of both the receipt and the tattoo to raise awareness that gay people are not Christ-hating atheists, and that anyone who is a part of or supports the LGBTQ community is not anti-Chrisitan.
Joelle Maish's post has since gone viral, and Twitter users have come to the defense of Heaton, letting everyone know that not even Jesus would deny this woman a tip.
Jesus would tip you, and would tip over 20%. I'm so sorry. https://t.co/3o1lI1uDLh— Nash Scott (@natinafajita) August 7, 2017
Hypocritical because the Bible talks to so much about how Jesus loves EVERYONE. Bottom line, it wasn't the Christian thing to do and does— Gabs (@gabbytayylor) August 10, 2017
Some users were stunned that this family would have the nerve to attack this server, and a few of them even made a point to let them know how wrong it was to even assume in the first place that her sexual orientation had anything to do with her tattoo.
Gay Buffalo Wild Wings Server Denied Tip Because She ‘Doesn’t Love Jesus’ https://t.co/J8yaL2la02 How can they tell that from a tattoo??— ObscureAlternatives (@DrsCoffeeCup) August 10, 2017
Just a reminder, customers/people like this REALLY exist. LOVE IS LOVE. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/B6xG4c9yhd— emily sotakoun (@EmilySotakoun) August 6, 2017
Twitter users have also tried sending money to both women, but they have insisted that neither of them want the tip money. They said they plan to donate any cash they receive. They only wanted to raise awareness about the cruel incident that happened at their place of business.
Thank you guys so much! But the post isn't to get money it's to spread awarness!!! I appreciate everyone thank you!!!— Samantha Heaton (@SamanthaHeaton9) August 8, 2017
Just so everyone knows, sam and I don't want the money from people. We posted this just to spread awareness, not to make money❤️— Joelle (@swimminmojo) August 7, 2017
It's great that people are taking a stand and letting the world know that this kind of behavior is not accepted.
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