After the $60.55 bill was paid, Heaton noticed that she got a big fat goose egg for a tip -- a zero. What she got instead was an offensive note scrawled on the credit card receipt.
“We can’t tip someone who doesn’t love Jesus! Bad tatoo [sic],” it read.
Apparently, it was Heaton's prominent LGBT equality tattoo on her forearm that gave her away as the Lord's adversary.
Even though Heaton's exchange with the family was cordial and she dutifully performed her role with aplomb, the snub was an unexpected jolt.
“For them to leave that (note) kind of hurt,” she said. “Like, I have bills to pay too.”
Heaton also felt sorry for the kids being witnessed to such an act of intolerance. “The kids are going to be under the impression that it will be OK to discriminate against anybody,” she told the Rock River Times.
Coworker Joelle Maish posted Heaton's photo on Facebook to raise awareness, saying, "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."
Still happens to our community, discriminating against a tattoo in the name of religion is completely asinine— Maxy | Lady Gaga (@gagablunt) August 10, 2017
if someone ever did this to me i'd punch them straight in the face. sam what's your paypal i wanna tip you on their behalf.— kelsey :) (@imkdawg) August 8, 2017
It's not that Heaton necessarily doesn't believe in Jesus, but the topics of religion and sexuality never came up between her and the "Christian" family she was serving.
These are probably the same people that say "what would Jesus do?"— Aubs (@Thee0ptimistic) August 7, 2017
Jesus would tip his waitress.
Heaton has no intention of flaunting her sexuality or seeking compensation. What she wants is for people to understand that just because someone is LGBTQ, it doesn't necessarily mean they're non-Christians.
“I do believe in Jesus and God. I myself am a Christian,” she told R.R. Times. “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?"