Internet Rallies Around Waitress Who Was Denied A Tip Because Of Her Pro-Equality Tattoo

"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."

Not tipping your waiter or waitress is never cool, but not tipping someone because their tattoo supports LGBTQ+ equality is doubly so.

And yet, that's exactly what happened to Samantha Heaton two weekends ago after she waited on a table of customers at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Rockford, Illinois where she works. As reported by The Rock River Times,  said customers (who were with two young children at the time) spotted the rainbow equality tattoo on Heaton's arm and used that as a reason not to tip her for her service.

Emily, one of Heaton's friends, shared a photo of the receipt those diners left behind next to Heaton's tattoo. The receipt reads: "can't tip someone who doesn't love Jesus." And just in case there was any confusion about how these diners came to that conclusion, they added, "bad tatoo" (sic) underneath.


That tweet has been retweeted nearly 21,000 times and has received upwards of 53,000 likes. Of the hundreds of comments, most were in support of Heaton and her tattoo. "I'm personally so sorry," one commenter wrote. "I hate that Christianity is portrayed as a thing of exclusion and hate. It's the polar opposite of what it should be."

Others shared photos of their own equality tattoos as a way of expressing solidarity with Heaton.

According to Refinery29, Heaton's co-worker, Joelle Maish, also took to social media to share the receipt, posting an identical photo on Facebook.

"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," Maish wrote in the caption. "P.S., they spelled tattoo wrong."

Though Heaton herself has stayed pretty quiet regarding the note, she has expressed no regrets regarding her tattoo. Heaton told 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.'"

And for the record, Heaton says she does love Jesus. "I do believe in Jesus and God. I myself am a Christian," she told The RRT. "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 evidenced by the Internet's kind response to the initial tweet, Heaton is not alone in her way of thinking.

A Plus has reached out to Samantha Heaton for comment.


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