Samantha Heaton, a waitress from an Illinois Buffalo Wild Wings, did not receive a tip from a table because of one of her tattoos. The tab was $60 and the family wrote $0 in the tip line. Additionally, they left a message for their waitress.
On the bill, the customer wrote, “Can’t tip someone who doesn’t love Jesus. Bad tattoo.” Samantha’s tattoo was symbolic to gay pride, containing the colors of the rainbow. According to Samantha's Facebook page, she is in a relationship with another woman and posts "pro pride" content regularly.
The controversial issue first arose after a Facebook post with the above photo went viral. Currently, it has over 1,500 reactions, 650 comments, more than 800 shares, and is still rising.
The photo was posted by Joelle Maish, who appears to be a co worker of Samantha. Joelle stated, “I would just like to say that being gay does NOT MEAN you don't believe in God or Jesus. And people who are ‘religious’ should not disrespect or act in such ways to other people.”
According to Western Mass News, Samantha later revealed, “I knew they were staring at my tattoo when I first introduced myself and throughout the meal, I could see them looking at my tattoo. You live in the same world as we do, why not get along? There's a voice out there, and it's not just mine, because this situation is much bigger than I am."
Other social media users commented on the post with very opposing views. However, the majority pointed out that Christians are to love all people just like Jesus does, despite their sexuality or other life choices. Others even offered to send her tips to make up for the loss, which she said she will donate.
Conservatives continue to stand up for Jesus Christ, which is appreciated by many Christians across the nation, but was this the right way to do it? Share your thoughts in our Facebook comments. In related news, pro-life Americans just had a big legislative victory.