A Charlotte waitress says she was infuriated and hurt when a group of ladies left a message for her on their bill - taking aim at her sexuality.
Alexandra Judd works at Zada Janes in Charlotte's Plaza Midwood area. She says a group of patrons she served for lunch Tuesday morning left her a "hateful message" in lieu of a tip.
A Bible verse was left on the tip pointing Judd to Leviticus 20:13.
"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination," the King James version of the Old Testament verse reads. "They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
Judd is gay.
The bottom of the receipt had a message for her as well: "Praying for you!"
"I never expected a hateful gesture like this," Judd said of the comments. "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."
She says she was infuriated and hurt by what she saw.
"I've heard of people leaving fake money, or writing funny stuff in the tip spot of a check but never believed it would happen to me, in the way that it did," she said.
Judd posted a picture of the receipt on her Facebook page. Her co-workers and friends have shared the post and shared their shock and anger in the comments.
According to Judd, she's lived in North Carolina nearly a year after moving from a small town in Alabama.
She has taken part in a few rallies for equality since she has moved to Charlotte, including Wednesday night's rally in uptown Charlotte against North Carolina's House Bill 2.
"I don't care what anyone says, this is the most disrespectful thing you can do," she wrote about the incident on Facebook. "Don't pray for me darling, I have everything I could possibly want and need in my life."
SEATTLE (AP) — Stand on any block around lunchtime near Amazon.com's downtown Seattle headquarters and there are two common sights: people walking their dogs and people buying lunch at food trucks.
The scene offers a window into Seattle's infatuations with dogs (and cats), which outnumber children here, and the maturing roaming food truck market.
Now, one truck is combining both by catering to humankind's best friend.
"It kind of seems natural that now that we've conquered the people food truck market that we bring that to our faithful furry friends," Janelle Harding said.
Harding is a customer of The Seattle Barkery, a food truck that serves dogs and their owners in Seattle-area dog parks, office building parking lots, farmer's markets and private events. It rolled into operation 10 months ago.
"I think there is definitely a market for more things like that . where human and canine activities are combined. You don't want to always leave them at home or leave them in the car," said Dawn Ford, who owns and operates the truck with her husband, Ben.
By Dawn Ford's count, their truck is one of just a handful in the country that caters to canines. The concept is new and rare enough that dogless people occasional misunderstand and purchase a treat.
"They end up ordering something, and they seem weirded out by it," Ford said.
Popular offerings include air-fried chicken feet and duck neck, cupcakes with bacon rebranded "pupcakes," mini cheesy doughnuts, pumpkin pretzels and peanut butter-banana cookies.
"Peanut butter is like a must," Harding said after buying treats for her pug, Stella.
Ford worked at one of Seattle's dog-friendly bars, then became a dog walker and began cooking her own treats for customers following a rash of product recalls.
"All of our treats are soft," she said. "All of our treats aren't filled with ingredients you can't pronounce."
Giving dogs homemade treats rather than processed ones is deeply important to Ford.
"What we feed our animals reflects their health," Ford said. "Animals' lives are short. If we can feed them good quality products . why wouldn't you?"