A Waitress Received a Bible Verse Instead of a Tip

April 15th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

A gay waitress in Charlotte, North Carolina, received an unusual "tip" after serving a group of women during a lunch rush on Tuesday. Rather than a generous gratuity, the "20:13" the women wrote in the tip section of the bill with a reference to a biblical verse decrying homosexuality.


The verse — Leviticus 20:13 — states "[i]f a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them." At the bottom of the receipt, the women also wrote "[p]raying for you!"

The waitress, Alexandra Judd, posted a photo of the receipt on Facebook, writing "I don't care what anyone says, this is the most disrespectful thing you can do."


"Don't pray for me darling," Judd wrote. "I have everything I could possibly want and need in my life."

This isn't the first time a customer's receipt snub has garnered national attention, but the decision to deny restaurant workers tips usually lends to a conversation about the importance of gratuity for low-wage workers. In this case, the discriminatory rationale behind the snub is what's driving outrage over the receipt.

"I never expected a hateful gesture like this," Judd told WNCN. "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."

This receipt controversy comes at a time when North Carolina is under fire over an anti-LGBT bill signed into law in March, which prohibits cities across the state from passing measures meant to protect LGBT individuals from discriminatory policies.

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