By Janelle Griffith
The response of a waitress in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to a gay bow written on a receipt has become viral.
Michele Crider said she works at the Dash-In restaurant in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, where she worked for almost a year, when she got a table that was staffed by two men "who were not so nice".
Eight years in the service industry have taught them to recognize when customers seem to have their premises, she told NBC News in a telephone interview on Thursday. That seemed to be the case with the two men at this table.
But when Crider, who was gay, wanted to pick up the check after the men left, she stated, "I do not tip." Written on it.
Crider said her interaction with customers was short, but the note on the check left a trail.
"If he went for a walk in the restaurant today, I would not know who he is," she said of the one she thinks she wrote the note.
She uploaded a video on Facebook later that day and made the post public in the hope that some of her friends would share it and the customer might see it. The video was viewed more than 680,000 times on Thursday afternoon.
"Why did you feel the need to write that sir, sir?" She asked in the video. "If you do not like gays, that's what."
She added that her identity is more than her sexual orientation. "I have to see you," she said. "I am much more than that."
Crider said the note hurt her, but the support of her colleagues and Facebook users has been uplifting.
"I go through the news and stuff that people have sent me, and 99.9 percent of it is nothing but positivity and encouragement, and that makes my heart happy," she told NBC News.
Crider, who wears short hair She said she had to explain what had happened to her 7-year-old son Jax after a local news station visited her flat that week.
"He asked what the uproar is about," she said. "I broke it down in the terms of a 7-year-old, I've often used the word" bullying. "
Your son could not understand it.
Crider said his answer was, "Why not? You like your hair, Mama? You really have cool hair."