Let’s be real: Nobody, not even the most avid foodie, likes the part of the meal where the bill arrives.
For diners, the bill signifies the end of their culinary experience (and, more traumatically, the emptying of their wallet).
For people on a first date, it can even be cause for a mild panic attack (“Do we go splitsies? Should I foot the whole thing? Is this the part where I gently bring up that he actually ate most of my shoestring fries? AHHH!”).
In fact, the only people who stand to benefit from handling the bill are the dedicated restaurant servers who rely on their diner’s generosity to supplement their often low-paying incomes.
So when North Carolina-based waitress Alexandra Judd looked to the tip line for a $23 bill after serving a group of women during a lunch rush at restaurant Zada Janes on April 12, she was probably checking for gratuity.
In lieu of a monetary value, however, a Bible verse that vilifies homosexuality was scrawled on the tip line directing Judd to Leviticus 20:13.
Bear in mind: Judd is gay.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination,” reads the King James version of the Old Testament verse, according to Bible Gateway. “They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
But wait! There’s more. Next, in a stunning encore demonstration of her holy sense of self-righteousness, the woman made sure to write “Praying for you!” to Judd at the bottom of the receipt as well.
Judd, who has reportedly participated in equality rallies since she moved to North Carolina, told WNCN that she was “infuriated and hurt” by the hateful message, which came to her on the heels of the state's anti-LGBT House Bill 2, which was signed into law in March.
“I’ve heard of people leaving fake money, or writing funny stuff in the tip spot of a check but never believed it would happen to me, in the way that it did,” Judd told WNCN.
Judd is not the first wait staff professional to be targeted and then accosted by bigoted customers. A gay waiter was denied a tip in 2013 for his sexuality, despite his "excellent" service, Pitch reports.
Unfortunately, there exists a long line of servers who have found themselves subject to the vitriol of their credit-card wielding patrons, who seem to be under the delusion that their refusal to tip their servers will trigger some sort of sexual conversion.
Luckily, Judd seems to be taking this foolishness in stride.
"Don't pray for me darling," Judd wrote on her Facebook page. "I have everything I could possibly want and need in my life."