OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A server was thanked for good service during a recent meal at an Overland Park restaurant, and also received an anti-gay message with no tip.
KMBC in Kansas City found out about the incident on Facebook, where customers at the Carrabba's Italian Grill at 106th Street and Metcalf Avenue are rallying to the server's support.
Here's what happened: A server went to pick up a check from a meal, and found a message on the back of the bill. It read: "Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to God. May God have mercy on you."
Friends of the server and customers took to social media to spread the word about what happened and have vowed to go to the restaurant on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. as a sign of support.
The server has responded to the incident, saying "The offers to help pay me back are much appreciated, but not at all needed. I'd prefer to let my work ethic and my service do the talking, nothing else."
KMBC spoke with local shoppers about the incident on Thursday.
"I think it's so unfortunate that we would impress upon other people our beliefs," said Susan Fehlig.
"It's honestly despicable. It's not different than saying I'm not tipping you because you're black, or a Jew, or anything like that," said Will Rogers. "In this day and age, being gay, it's not really any cause for a fuss."
Carrabba's said the company embraces diversity and won't tolerate discrimination from employees or guests.