A Utah waiter claims a family of three adults wearing Trump 2020 hats handed him a $5 tip with a gay slur written on the bill while he worked a shift Saturday.
Ashton Bindrup labelled the note ‘hate speech’, saying: ‘Today I experienced targeted hate. Hate that I often see in the Trump constituency. And it’s a reality that needs to be faced.’
Posting to Facebook Bindrup shared pictures of the bill he said he received at an Ogden restaurant, writing: ‘I can’t imagine hating someone enough to go out of my way to write a slur on the tip I’m going to give them.’
Written on the bill was the words: ‘Get out of America, F**’
Bindrup wrote om Facebook: ‘I can’t imagine hating someone enough to go out of my way to write a slur on the tip I’m going to give them.’
He added: ‘And I hate to say it, but as open minded as I try to be, the next time I meet a Trump supporter I will have a hard time not remembering that five dollar bill I got today.
‘I will have a hard time not immediately worrying about whether or not I’m perceived as ‘gay’ or ‘straight’ (not that it should matter).’
He told Fox 13 finding the bill was ‘shocking’ and ‘not okay’.
Bindrup added: ‘I haven’t wanted to turn it into the bank yet, I don’t know how to explain that one.
‘They’d asked me for a pen during the meal. They paid with card, but it was all an electric system so there was no receipt… that’s why I thought it was odd when they asked for the pen.
‘I think if anyone got it, they would think it was hate speech.’
In Utah written hate speech is only a crime if a threat of violence is made. A person can face six months in jail for defacing a bill.
Bindrup added: ‘I wish that they had said it to my face. They actually tipped me really well.’