Oklahoma waitress hurt by words left on check

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ENID, Okla.- A waitress says instead of a tip, she got hateful words.

Taylor Stewart says words written on a receipt had everything to do with who she loves rather than her service.

For seven months now, Stewart has been waiting tables at the IHOP in Enid.

“I’m a people person and that’s why I have this job because I love people. You know, and I like to serve them and, you know, make them happy,” Stewart said.

Unfortunately, she was hurt after serving a customer Monday night.

It was toward the end of a double shift when she waited on a man and three kids.

“I messed up one of the things on the order. So, I mean I fixed that. No problem, and he was just kind of being rude to me the whole time,” Stewart recalled. “I told him I was sorry about the service.”

After eating, Stewart says they stormed out the door.

“I was like, ‘Have a good night sir, you know, come back and see us,’  and he didn’t say anything,” Stewart said.

When she went to clean the table, Stewart says she found not only a big mess, but a $36 ticket with a message instead of a tip.

“When I went to pick up the check, I read it and I thought it said `gray is wrong`, and I went and showed my girlfriend, and she was like, ‘what?’ And she said it said `gay is wrong’,” Stewart said. “I was just shocked. I was more shocked than hurt, but I mean it did hurt.”

Stewart says she believes in freedom of speech, but hopes people will think before they speak, or in this case write.

“If you don’t like it. If you don’t agree with it, that`s fine. That’s your own opinion, but I mean just let people be who they are and don’t say hurtful things,” Stewart said.

She says she did not recognize the man and neither did the other employees working that night.

NewsChannel 4 wanted to talk to the customer, but we could not make out the name signed on the receipt.

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