Hey, Maybe Don't Tell Gay Servers You Hope They Get Stoned (At Least Not With Rocks)
Haven't gotten enough Worst Customer stories in Off The Menu lately? We've got another one for you today.
A server at Zada Jane's in Charlotte, North Carolina says an extremely standoffish table not only didn't leave her a tip, they left her something much worse. Instead of merely stiffing her, says Alexandra Judd (who is a lesbian), she found the words "Leviticus 20:13" written on the tip line in lieu of renumeration.
If you're not familiar with Leviticus 20:13, it's one of the most assholish verses in the Bible, right up there with the one that says slavery is totally cool and the one that says dudes should sell their daughters for sheep. Specifically, it's this one:
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.
Yeah, that. Supposedly, not only did they basically tell Judd they hoped she was put to death, but they also wrote "Praying for you!" at the bottom, with a heart over the exclamation point, which we think is a nice touch. A smiley face would totally soften the blow of being told "I hope you get stoned to death," after all. Judd's response, however, does make us smile: "Don't pray for me darling, I have everything I could possibly want and need in my life."
Now, we should be very clear: it's entirely possible this is a hoax. There have been stories of customers shitting on gay servers that turned out to be complete fabrications in the past; it wouldn't be a stretch for this to be in the same vein. Judd claims she didn't know the verse beforehand, which is possible, but maybe she made up the whole thing. We don't know!
The thing is, the reason these sorts of stories frequently take off when they pop up is because servers do get treated like garbage on a regular basis; anyone who has read Off The Menu regularly is well aware of that. And it's not a stretch to believe the passage of (and subsequent furor over) North Carolina's brutally regressive HB 2 emboldened people who always wanted to be this shitty but never had the (disgusting, utterly deplorable) courage.
So maybe the lesson here, regardless of whether this is true, is that people shouldn't be terrible to each other. Oh, and also that every lawmaker who voted for HB 2 is a stain on the underpants of humanity. That too.