Anti-gay customers refuse tip to server, other patrons rally around him

Oct 25, 2013 Read more: CBS 3 Springfield 399

A 20-year-old waiter provided exemplary service at an Overland Park Italian restaurant, but his anti-gay customers refused to tip him because of his sexual orientation.

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“Reality is better than truth.”

Since: Nov 09

Indianapolis

#1 Oct 25, 2013
Any server can tell you that the church crowds are horrendous tippers. Nobody wants to work sunday brunch/lunch.
Here Kitty Kitty

Alpharetta, GA

#2 Oct 25, 2013
Psychotic religious extremists in Kansas refusing to tip for exemplary pampered service?
.
That is positively and absolutely the sorriest excuse for robbery without a gun I have ever heard of
.
Feed 'em to the lions!
Gremlin

Louisville, KY

#3 Oct 25, 2013
What else can you expect from bible carrying hypocrites?

“Equality marches on! ”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#5 Oct 25, 2013
cpeter1313 wrote:
Any server can tell you that the church crowds are horrendous tippers. Nobody wants to work sunday brunch/lunch.
So true! Hell, I avoid any eating establishment on Sundays. They come in hordes after the churches let out with their screaming brats and nasty, snobbish, attitudes, pushing and shoving and demanding certain tables, booster chairs, and extra water. And God help you if there is a buffet!

Since: Dec 08

El Paso, TX

#6 Oct 25, 2013
Their God will see to it they roast in hell.
Gremlin

Louisville, KY

#7 Oct 25, 2013
The Reich wrote:
Good. More people against the gays is the best. More people fight the spread of the damn gays everyday!
Your name says it all. Sit back and watch as gay marriage becomes legal in state after state and country after country. So you are losing the fight.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#8 Oct 25, 2013
Sorry, but no one is entitled to a tip- gay, straight, or otherwise.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#9 Oct 25, 2013
Jesus healed the Samaritan but his followers won't tip the gay guy. Too bad. Eternity in hell being force fed ice cold overcooked spaghetti.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#10 Oct 25, 2013
Who's food is going to be spit into next time they go to dinner?? Not the gay waiter's....

Will they be smart enough to not ever go back to that restaurant?? Probably not. They're probably stupid enough to think that their food will be safe as long as that one waiter isn't working. Guess what, bigots?? All gay people have friends and family that love and support us--sometimes in inappropriate ways.

Enjoy your food.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#11 Oct 25, 2013
cpeter1313 wrote:
Any server can tell you that the church crowds are horrendous tippers. Nobody wants to work sunday brunch/lunch.
I was a waiter for 4 years when I was much younger. I HATED working Sunday. They would roll in, some carrying their bibles to show us where they'd been. They were awful tippers, tiresome, and would loudly say prayers before eating. I thought, according to the BIBLE, that good people were supposed to pray in PRIVATE and not show off in public, but hey, different strokes.

My favorite? A lovely churchy couple who drank 20 refills of coffee, holding the cup up and pointing into it, then leaving me EXACT change and no tip, but a smeary religious tract on top of the exact change. Since we were charged by law to give 8% of the check amount to the state for taxes, that left ME paying 8% of THEIR meal, and nothing but the tract. I threw it right into the garbage.

If I were that waiter I would "accidentally" drop their food on the floor next time before serving them.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#12 Oct 25, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Sorry, but no one is entitled to a tip- gay, straight, or otherwise.
Sorry, Sheeple, on legal grounds, you're correct, but the state charges the wait person a percentage anticipating a tip of the check amount. Stiffing a waiter takes money out of HIS or HER pocket.

Besides, a table of 6 or more usually DEMANDS an 18% gratuity tacked on, no exceptions.

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#13 Oct 25, 2013
WOW. That place is like 7 miles away, maybe we could go for some Italian food. No they won't show their face in there again....esp. after they have been exposed on national media. LOL
Here Kitty Kitty

Alpharetta, GA

#14 Oct 25, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Sorry, but no one is entitled to a tip- gay, straight, or otherwise.
Where in the world do you find waiters and waitresses who can afford to work for free?
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#15 Oct 25, 2013
NE Jade wrote:
<quoted text>So true! Hell, I avoid any eating establishment on Sundays. They come in hordes after the churches let out with their screaming brats and nasty, snobbish, attitudes, pushing and shoving and demanding certain tables, booster chairs, and extra water. And God help you if there is a buffet!
They have attitude?
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#16 Oct 25, 2013
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>
1. I was a waiter for 4 years when I was much younger. I HATED working Sunday. They would roll in, some carrying their bibles to show us where they'd been. They were awful tippers, tiresome, and would loudly say prayers before eating. I thought, according to the BIBLE, that good people were supposed to pray in PRIVATE and not show off in public, but hey, different strokes.
2. My favorite? A lovely churchy couple who drank 20 refills of coffee, holding the cup up and pointing into it, then leaving me EXACT change and no tip, but a smeary religious tract on top of the exact change. Since we were charged by law to give 8% of the check amount to the state for taxes, that left ME paying 8% of THEIR meal, and nothing but the tract. I threw it right into the garbage.
3. If I were that waiter I would "accidentally" drop their food on the floor next time before serving them.
1. Praying is showing off? Wow!
2. I bet that restaurant and its patrons didn't miss you.
3. Then you'd have to serve them a fresh plate.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#17 Oct 25, 2013
cpeter1313 wrote:
Any server can tell you that the church crowds are horrendous tippers. Nobody wants to work sunday brunch/lunch.
Aren't church crowds who go to a restaurant on Sundays enabling the sinners by having them work on Sundays ?

And why don't these people show the same concern about other supposed sins that people are committing ?

Do they want to bring back Blue Laws ?
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#18 Oct 25, 2013
Curteese wrote:
1. Sorry,
2. Sheeple, on legal grounds, you're correct, but the state charges the wait person a percentage anticipating a tip of the check amount. Stiffing a waiter takes money out of HIS or HER pocket.
Besides, a table of 6 or more usually DEMANDS an 18% gratuity tacked on, no exceptions.
1. Everyone knows that.
2. Maybe you deserved less than you got. In Massachusetts the minimum wage is $8/hr. If the tips don't bring a server's pay up to that the restaurant has to make up the difference.
3. Gratuity: something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service; especially : tip

An 18% gratuity may automatically be added to a bill but the table can tell them to remove it. They have no legal obligation to pay it, especially if they got stuck with you.

“Married 6/17/08”

Since: Feb 07

Porterville, CA

#19 Oct 25, 2013
Here Kitty Kitty wrote:
Psychotic religious extremists in Kansas refusing to tip for exemplary pampered service?
.
That is positively and absolutely the sorriest excuse for robbery without a gun I have ever heard of
.
Feed 'em to the lions!
Except, that much hateful bile would probably be toxic to the poor lions.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#20 Oct 25, 2013
Wondering wrote:
<quoted text>
1. Everyone knows that.
2. Maybe you deserved less than you got. In Massachusetts the minimum wage is $8/hr. If the tips don't bring a server's pay up to that the restaurant has to make up the difference.
3. Gratuity: something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service; especially : tip
An 18% gratuity may automatically be added to a bill but the table can tell them to remove it. They have no legal obligation to pay it, especially if they got stuck with you.
Do you remember the case awhile ago upstate New York where the police actually arrested a guy, and threatened him and his family with jail time, because they did NOT leave a tip at the restaurant ?(The guy claimed he did not leave a tip because the service and\or food was poor).

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#21 Oct 25, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Sorry, but no one is entitled to a tip- gay, straight, or otherwise.
Maybe no one is *entitled* to a tip, but when you go to a restaurant in the U.S. where someone else is going to serve you, it's pretty much expected that, provided you get good service, a reasonable tip is left for that server.

I tend to be very generous with wait staff in restaurants because I used to be a server myself. It's hard work and a good server is worth big bucks to me. Despite me being not exactly wealthy myself, my usual tip for good service starts at 20% and goes up from there. Even if the server isn't very good, but is making the effort, we're good as far as I'm concerned.

Only once have I stiffed a waiter on the tip. And that time I actually stiffed him on the entire bill and walked out without paying because he was so hostile and bitchy to us. I won't bore you with the story, but it was so bad that when the bill came, I took out my pen and wrote on it, "The hostile service and the cold food that we were just served was inexcusable. I will gladly pay this bill after your boss calls me so I can review with him our experience with you." and left my name and phone number. I did get a call from his boss, but it was so that he could apologize and tell me that our bill had been taken care of and to assure us that we would never get such poor service again. Which is correct, because we've never been back.

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