Repercussions

Some of you may have heard the story last week of a waitress in New Jersey who was stiffed on a tip because the family she was serving wanted to express their disapproval of her gay lifestyle.  The waitress posted a copy of the receipt to a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered (LGBT)web site and it went viral, provoking mass outrage as well as copious donations to the waitress.  

Except that’s apparently not what happened.  The family in question has produced their copy of the bill, showing that they tipped close to 20% on the meal.  Their credit card company has also verified that they were billed for a larger amount than what appears on the copy of the slip posted to the LGBT site.  The restaurant can’t apparently produce their copy of the receipt, and is conducting an internal investigation while the waitress retains her job.  
I can only imagine how quickly a waitress would have been dismissed for refusing to serve a LGBT party at a restaurant, or making false claims about their treatment of her.  Interesting that despite the publicity and what appears to be a blatant smear attempt on her part, she’s still working at the same restaurant and the same position.  Isn’t that curious?  Indeed.

2 Responses to “Repercussions”

  1. Lisa Says:

    How in the world would that family know she’s gay? Do people now have name tags that tell the world their sexual orientation? Personally, I don’t care nor do I want to know whom one sleeps with. And I particularly don’t want to discuss it over a meal….GROSS!!

  2. Paul Nelson Says:

    It’s easy to make assumptions, that’s a given.  But it’s interesting that the family is denying all of the comments she said they made, in addition to procuring their receipt which indicated a respectable tip.  I wonder if she’ll be required to issue a public apology if it does indeed hold true that she made the whole thing up?  Somehow, I doubt it.

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