America’s 14 million restaurant workers are in many ways on the front lines of discrimination and hate in America. Buffalo Wild Wings server, Samantha Heathport of Rockford, Illinois knows this firsthand.
Last week, Heathport received no tip after serving a family of five. One of the patrons left a note on the receipt: “Can’t tip someone who doesn’t love Jesus. Bad tattoo.” The tattoo in question is a rainbow LGBT equality symbol.
Rather than stay silent, Heathport is speaking out. From the Rock River Times:
“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.
…“I do believe in Jesus and God. I myself am a Christian,” she said. “And, as a Christian, thou shall not judge. No matter how someone looks, you should love them for what’s in their heart and how they treat you—not for what is on the outside. As someone who came out when it was still a battle for the LGBTQ community, that’s just plain rude and uncalled for. What if one day their kids grow up and want to be with the same sex, are they going to disown them? Throw them on the street?”
ROC United denounces all forces of discrimination and hate. We stand with Samantha Heathport, and all those who work in the restaurant industry. Many receive the lower tipped minimum wage, and must rely on tips to survive. They are uniquely vulnerable to this kind of ugly behavior.
Through programs like our Sanctuary Restaurants initiative, employers, employees and their allies are working to forge an industry where everyone has a seat at the table. Click here to learn how you can support the Sanctuary Restaurants Movement.