The waiter who was denied a tip at Carraba’s Italian Grill in Kansas has been gaining support from various people across the web and at the restaurant itself, including President Barack Obama, who recently stopped in for a meal. Though the young man has refused to speak to the media, customers have gone to the restaurant and have requested seating in his section.
“This is what my son would look like, if he was African American and gay,” President Obama said about the waiter.
After assuming that the 20-year-old server was gay, the customers who denied him a tip left a note saying they were pleased with the service, but would not be leaving additional compensation:
Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. Fags do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for GOD’s love, but none shall be spared for fags. May GOD have mercy on you.
Obama sat at a table in the waiter’s section with two children he’d brought from a Muslim Outreach Program started by the Obama family. Obama and the children enjoyed hamburgers, fries, and soda before the President shook hands with the waiter, reportedly leaving behind a very generous tip. Local community members have also rallied their support behind the young man.
“I was angry. I said ‘this is not Christian as I know it’,” said Doctor Marvin Baker, who stopped by the restaurant with his partner and specifically requested to be seated in the wronged waiter’s section. The hostess who led them to their seats was the server’s mother.
“I said, ‘We are here to meet your celebrity. The one who was mistreated.’ She said, ‘That’s my son. Would you like a table or booth?’ I said, ‘Wherever he’s serving,’” Baker explained.
Baker served as a pastor for many years and currently leads a Bible study group for LGBT members. He said the couple’s behavior was ungodly.
“This does not represent Christianity. I called them Pharisees,” he said. “God really loves us. And God does not advertise or promote hate. That is not love.”
Baker said the server appreciated the support. They agreed that gays experience too much rejection and hurt, and that “it is nice to know that someone cares.”