Alexandra Judd, a gay waitress at Zada Janes in Charlotte, North Carolina, which operates in the Plaza Midwood, recently shared details about a disheartening tip she received from a customer. According to WBTV, the unconventional tip Judd received has gone viral because of the seemingly offensive message the customer left instead of monetary compensation for her work. Apparently, the customer felt obliged to leave the waitress a biblical reference condemning her for being gay.
Judd was so offended by the receipt, she decided to snap a photo of it and voice her frustrations via Facebook. The waitress’s now-viral Facebook post includes a photo of the receipt focusing on the customer’s total and tip, which read, “Lev. 20:13.”
For those who aren’t familiar with the biblical reference, it’s derived from the book of Leviticus chapter 20, verse 13, which promises a death sentence for gay people who lie with someone of the same sex. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them,” the scripture reads. Below the scripture, the customer wrote, “Praying for you.”
Needless to say, Judd didn’t appreciate the customer’s advice. So, she decided to share her frustrations with the family, friends, and co-worker via Facebook. Shortly after she posted the receipt on the social network, it caught the attention of an overwhelming number of Facebook users who commented and expressed shock and anger over the offensive receipt. The incident garnered so much attention on social media, news outlets have also began reporting about the incident and the customer’s offensive attack on the gay waitress.
During an interview with WBTV, Judd shared her reaction to the receipt. Although she admitted she’s read stories about other waitresses who have had bizarre, and even disheartening, experiences with customers, she never thought something like this would happen to her.
“I never expected a hateful gesture like this,” Judd told WBTV. “I’ve had a guest leave me a pamphlet to their church as a tip one time, but I didn’t feel as if they were being hateful towards me. The ladies that came in were very rude, and would hardly talk to me — but I never expected this.” Judd added, “I’ve heard of people leaving fake money, or writing funny stuff in the tip spot of a check but never believed it would happen to me, in the way that it did.”
After sharing the Facebook post of the receipt, Judd surprisingly received lots of support from other social media users who sympathized with her, according to Opposing Views. There have also been Christians who have defended her by admitting that the customer was out of line for leaving such an offensive message, since the bible also instructs Christians not to judge others.
“How about not judging? How about [it’s] easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than a rich man to make it into heaven? Or how about that person should be praying they don’t get [their] a** kicked.”
Despite the opinions of others, whether supportive or otherwise, Judd still insists this is probably one of the worst experiences she’s had in her life thus far. “I don’t care what anyone says, this is the most disrespectful thing you can do,” she wrote on Facebook. “Don’t pray for me darling, I have everything I could possibly want and need in my life.”
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