Waitress hurt by words left on $36 check

Posted at 7:53 AM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 10:05:00-04

ENID, Okla.- A waitress says she got some hateful words instead of a tip.

Taylor Stewart says words written on a receipt had everything to do with who she loves rather than her service.

Stewart has been waiting tables at the I-HOP in Enid, Oklahoma, for about 7 months.

“I`m a people person and that`s why I have this job, because I love people, you know? And I like to serve them and, you know, make them happy,” Stewart said.

Unfortunately, happy was a feeling she did not serve to a customer Monday night.

It was towards the end of a double shift when she waited on a man and three kids.

“I messed up one of the things on the order so, I mean, I fixed that, no problem, and he was just kind of being rude to me the whole time,” Stewart says. “I told him I was sorry about the service.”

After eating, Stewart says they stormed out the door.

“I was like, 'Have a good night, sir,' you know? 'Come back and see us,' and he didn't say anything,” Stewart said.

When she went to clean the table, Stewart says she found not only a big mess, but a $36 dollar ticket with a message instead of a tip.

“When I went to pick up the check, I read it and I thought it said 'gray is wrong,' and I went and showed my girlfriend, and she was like, what? And she said it said 'gay is wrong,'" Stewart said. “I was just shocked. I was more shocked than hurt, but I mean it did hurt.”

Stewart says she believes in freedom of speech but hopes people will think before they speak, or in this case, write.

“If you don't like it, if you don`t agree with it, that`s fine, that`s your own opinion but I mean just let people be who they are and don`t say hurtful things,” Stewart said.

She says she did not recognize the man and neither did the other employees working that night.