It was just another shift for Samantha Heaton Saturday, Aug. 5, at the popular eatery. And there was nothing unusual about a family of five when she took their order. She made friendly conversation, paid attention to when their beverages were getting low and inquired about their experience—everything she was trained to do. Then came the time for the customer pay their $60.55 check.
While not expecting an exuberant tip, a customary 10 to 20 percent is common. Instead, she was left with a note on the customer’s credit card statement explaining why she’d be getting nothing.
The reason: She doesn’t love Jesus.
Talking to The Rock River Times, she explained that the note was upsetting.
The photo of the note was shared on Facebook by Heaton’s colleague, Joelle Nicole Maish.
She said: “I went above and beyond for this couple, and for them to leave that kind of hurt.”
Heaton added that she was most upset about what ideas the couple were going to pass onto their young children.
“The kids are going to be under the impression that it will be OK to discriminate against anybody,” she said.
She explained that despite the homophobic action, she would still get the tattoo if she were to go back in time.
“Someone asked me the other day if I would go back in time and get the same tattoo and I said, ‘No I would get it bigger,” she said.
Maish wrote: “I would just like to say that being gay does NOT MEAN you don’t believe in God or Jesus. And people who are “religious” should not disrespect or act in such ways to other people. p.s., they spelled [sic] tattoo wrong.”