Samantha Heaton is a 20-year-old waitress at Buffalo Wild Wings who rocks a loud and proud tattoo that celebrates LGBTQ equality.
Something that two customers took offense to. So when they were done with their meal, in lieu of giving Heaton a tip, they left her a message:
"We can't tip someone who doesn't love Jesus! Bad tatoo!"
Heaton said that the topic of religion or sexuality never came up in her conversation with the BWW patrons, but if it did, she said that they would have discovered Heaton was not only openly gay, but Christian, as well. She went on to say that her sexuality and choice of faith shouldn't pertain to her skills as a waitress at all, and that her conversation with the customers was actually very pleasant.
What upset Heaton the most, however, was that the parents were putting that kind of intolerance on full display in front of their young children.
"The kids are going to be under the impression that it will be OK to discriminate," the Inquistr reported.
It clearly says "can't tip someone who doesn't love Jesus" because they are gay/support gay rights. Which, in their case is highly— Gabs (@gabbytayylor) August 10, 2017
People on Twitter were quick to point out that it was pretty hypocritical of the couple to discriminate against Heaton the way they did.
They even started showing support for the young waitress, as well.
And others shared their own equality tattoos.
And Twitter even rallied behind her to send her the tip she earned.
if someone ever did this to me i'd punch them straight in the face. sam what's your paypal i wanna tip you on their behalf.— kelsey :) (@imkdawg) August 8, 2017
But Heaton wasn't interested.
Just so everyone knows, sam and I don't want the money from people. We posted this just to spread awareness, not to make money❤️— Joelle (@swimminmojo) August 7, 2017
I was about to say I hope you guys aren't actually accepting that money.— Malan (@MalanJames) August 8, 2017