A lesbian waitress in North Carolina was left with a biblical verse calling her an abomination in lieu of a tip. According to a post on her Facebook page, Alexandra Judd was working at a restaurant in Charlotte on April 12 when a patron left the words “Leviticus 20:13” in place of a tip. The customer added, “Praying for you.” This comes as the state of North Carolina has attracted the ire of the world following the controversial passing of HB2. A law that infringes on the rights of the transgender community in North Carolina.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Judd Described the Message She Was Left as ‘Hateful’
I never expected a hateful gesture like this. I’ve had a guest leave me a pamphlet to their church as a tip one time, but I didn’t feel as if they were being hateful towards me.
The ladies that came in were very rude, and would hardly talk to me – but I never expected this.
In her original Facebook post, Judd wrote, “I don’t care what anyone says, this is the most disrespectful thing you can do. Don’t pray for me darling, I have everything I could possibly want and need in my life.”
For the record, Leviticus 20:13 from the Old Testament of the King James bible reads:
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
2. The Night After She Was Left the Message, Judd Attended an Anti-HB2 Rally in Charlotte
On her Facebook page, Judd says she went to an anti-HB2 rally in Charlotte after she received the “hateful” message. Many of Judd’s posts on Facebook and Twitter are political. Judd makes it clear that she’s a Hillary Clinton supporter. In one tweet, Judd said that her support for Clinton over Bernie Sanders was in part due to his stance on guns.
One of her few non-political tweets involved an interaction with former Law & Order star Christopher Meloni, which you can read above.
3. One of Alabama’s Foremost Gay Rights Activists Hails From the Same Town as Judd
Judd moved to Charlotte from the town of Florence, Alabama, according to her Facebook page., coincidentally one of Alabama’s foremost gay rights activists, Benjamin Newbern, is also a native of Florence.
In October 2014, the New York Times reported on a meeting of gay people that Newbern organized in Florence. According to his LinkedIn page, Newbern works as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Equality Alabama.
4. In 2013, a New Jersey Waitress Was Found to Have Lied About an Offensive Message Left on a Receipt & Was Fired
Allegations of customers leaving offensive messages for servers in restaurants is nothing new. Famously, in 2013, New Jersey waitress Dayna Morales was fired after she alleged in a viral social media post that patrons wrote a message telling her how they didn’t agree with her lifestyle rather than leave a tip. The New York Post later reported that Morales was let go after it was found that she fabricated the message.
5. North Carolina’s Governor Is Trying to Revise Some Elements of HB2
In the midst of the extreme backlash that’s hitting North Carolina after the passing of HB2. CNN reports that Gov. Pat McCrory is looking at rolling back some of the aspects of the new law but not the controversial bathroom element. The law says that persons must use public bathrooms based on the sex listed on their birth certificate.
Amid the backlash artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr canceled concerts in the state. While Mumford & Sons and Cyndi Lauper plan to turn their gigs in the state into fundraisers for the anti-HB2 movement.
Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has said that he supports HB2.