Why Christians Are Seen As The Bad Guys: Shitty Tip edition.

In this edition of our ongoing series we drop in on a restaurant in Greenville, S.C. where a waitress received the following message of love and acceptance instead of a tip from one of her customers:

christian-napkin-image‘Tip’ written on napkin says, ‘woman’s place is in the home’ 

“Dear (name omitted,)

“The woman’s place is in the home. Your place is in the home. It even says so in the Bible. You may think that you’re contributing to your household by coming into work, but you’re not. While you’re in here ‘working’ this is the reason your husband must see another woman on his way home from a long day at his work. Because you should be home taking care of the household duties, you may think what you are doing ‘working’ is right, it is really essentially a disgrace to his manhood and to the American family. So instead of coming to your ‘job’ and looking for handouts to feed your family, how’s about going home and cleaning your house and cooking a hot meal for your husband and children, the way your husband and God intended, and help make America great again. Praying for families and our nation.

Love,

(Guests’ last name)”

Needless to say, the waitress in question was upset at the condescending lecture she received instead of a gratuity. Especially so given that she is unmarried and has no children.

The guests were very friendly and polite while I served them, which made this come as an even bigger surprise. They got up to pay, and I thought they had left. I bused off their table, and was taking an order for another nearby table of guests when I observed them come back, slip the napkin on the table, and dart out the door.

I felt mortified, embarrassed, humiliated even. I felt hurt, and a bit heartbroken. It is a bit disheartening and discouraging that things like this happen at this day and age.”

To be fair, we know nothing about the circumstances of the Christian couple in this story other than the waitress guesses they were in their mid-50’s. It’s entirely possible that they’re going through a rough period and just couldn’t afford to leave extra money on the table as a tip. Even if that were the case, it really doesn’t justify the bullshit note they decided to leave instead. The way they went about doing it was especially cowardly and shows they knew how dickish a thing it was to do. Not leaving a tip is a bit douchey, but replacing it with a note lecturing someone about how they should be living their lives takes it to a whole other level of assholeness.

But hey, they’re just good Christians spreading God’s love. This sort of thing happens all the time because some people can’t accept that other folks might not believe the same things they do and they’ll be damned before they let you get away with living your life the way you see fit.

9 thoughts on “Why Christians Are Seen As The Bad Guys: Shitty Tip edition.

  1. Don’t overlook the “help make America great again” at the end.

    Holy fuck what douches

  2. I can’t imagine what religion they belong. Women are reported working since early biblical periods.

    This is why I over-tip people. I see people leaving quarters. And maybe that is all they can afford to do. But many food service workers live in poverty.

  3. The wife and I make a point of tipping at least 20% for even not-so-great service in part because there are often factors beyond the wait staff’s control. For anyone we think has done an outstanding job we tip a bit more.

    As I said on a discussion of this post over on G+: I obviously don’t buy into religion, but based on what I’ve read about this Jesus dude, I don’t think this is the approach he would’ve taken.

  4. “I felt mortified, embarrassed, humiliated even.”

    Well then why the fuck are you showing it to everyone? Just do like you should with every asshole’s “tip”, toss it in the trash and don’t give them a second thought.

  5. Moloch I disagree, say nothing and they get away with their nonsense, let the everyone know and we can let them know how small minded they are.

  6. Dave, if the names and business are removed how is anything going to be accomplished? This is just another case of poor judgement by the tipper and waitress, just like when people use a fake $10 bill with John 3:16 message on the back. It won’t do anything to change the waitress’ life, not that they need to change, but it only goes on to encourage others to do the same shitty thing to other people.

  7. Why show it to others? Because even if it won’t change your own situation, it could alert people who think they are doing a good deed that they are, in fact, not.

  8. No. It won’t. They don’t think like that. It encourages people to repeat because they know it has an effect on them.

  9. Their actions don’t happen in a vacuum. Sharing it, standing together, making public that this shit is not acceptable, leaves them less social floor to stand on.

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