A “Christian” couple eating at an Italian restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas refused to tip their water because they somehow deduced that he was gay.
Oh but it gets worse. Instead of a tip, they left the 20 year old young man a long note full of anti-gay slurs.
I’m adding asterisks in the note below, as sometimes words like this can kill our ads – the authors of the note made no such hedging:
“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. Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. We hope you will see the tip your f*g choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for GOD’S love, but none shall be spared for f*gs. May GOD have mercy on you.”
The incident happened this week at Carrabbas Italian Grill, where the kid and his mother both work (she’s the hostess). Mom told a local new site that the “Christians” were lucky she didn’t see the note before they left, or there’d have been a bit of a scene.
And while Carrabba’s issued a statement saying it opposes discrimination, it refused to say what action, if any, would be taken if the anti-gay couple came back. That’s rather scummy of Carrabba’s. It’s rather simple to say that you will not tolerate harassment or discrimination against any of your staff, period. By refusing to answer, Carrabba’s makes clear that there’s still a problem in Kansas.
Sadly, this is what goes as “Christianity” in America, and most of the world, today. Yes, there are good Christians (and Jews, and Muslims). But most of the biggest churches and faiths are run by intolerant bigots who spend far too much time deciding who to hate. Or in the case of the Catholics, bigots and pedophiles.
Here’s more coverage from local KCTV, which is a tad odd, as the reporter first talks about the gay waiter’s “lifestyle,” and then interviews another older gay man and mentions the man’s “homosexual partner.” (We rarely use the word “homosexual” any more, as it’s generally perceived as a pejorative and the word itself entails bias – read the story I link to). Then again, this is Kansas, I suppose.