Customers dining at a Carrabbas Italian Grill in Overland Park, Kansas refused to tip a waiter, not because of bad service, but because they didn't agree with his sexuality. As local CBS affiliate KCTV reported on October 24, the 20-year-old waiter who was denied a tip has received support and recognition for the innocent.
The server was actually commended for his excellent service which should have been the only concern for the customers, but they took the opportunity to berate the waiter, explaining on the back of the check exactly why they couldn't leave him a tip. The customers wrote:
"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 incident was unfortunate, but it did show how far the LGBT community still has to go as far as negative attitudes and discrimination based solely on sexuality. It also symbolizes the progresses that has been made as the server has gained a tremendous amount of support from the company and customers who are not attending the restaurant asking for his service.
Carrabbas did address the incident in a statement but did not comment on any action taken if the anti-gay couple did return to the restaurant.
"We embrace diversity and believe in treating everyone with respect," the company said.
As a company that is dedicated in providing a diverse and supportive atmosphere for all their employees, Carrabbas also has a responsibility to assure the best service and dining experiences for their customers, but they also recognize the hurt the incident has caused one of their servers who was just doing his job by providing that excellent service.
In this case the customer is not always right and as one customer who supported the server stated "this does not represent Christianity".