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Homophobic Customers Refused To Tip Waiter Because He Was Gay

October 25, 2013 in Blogs

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Patrons left offensive, anti-gay note: “We cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to God”


A 20-year-old waiter at Carrabbas Italian Grill in Overland Park, Kansas was subjected to an ugly anti-gay rant by customers who refused to tip him based on his sexual orientation, despite the fact that he provided them with excellent service, KCTV reported.

The incident arose after the patrons had left the restaurant, upon where the waiter found a note written on a credit card explaining clearly why the waiter would not be getting a tip – because he was gay.  The message, which began with a compliment, quickly turned nasty:

“Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. (Homosexual slur) do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours.  We hope you will see the tip your (homosexual slur) choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for GOD's love, but none shall be spared for (homosexual slur). May GOD have mercy on you,” the note read.

Following the incident, Carrabas said in a statement that the company does not tolerate discrimination from employees or guests:

“We embrace diversity and believe in treating everyone with respect,” the company said.

Nonetheless, co-workers and customers have rallied behind the young server, taking to social media to spread his story and offer additional support.  Some patrons have even offered the young waiter extra tips as encouragement.

The server has responded to the incident, saying “The offers to help pay me back are much appreciated, but not at all needed. I'd prefer to let my work ethic and my service do the talking, nothing else,” Kake reported.

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