"My initial reaction was a little angry but if they come here we can't stop them," said general manager Byron Lapolla. "This is a public place. By law we can't stop them."
According to waitress Dayna Morales, she introduced herself to the family and was met with the response, "Oh, I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You surprised us!"
Morales, 22, is a Marine Corps veteran and has short hair. She is also a lesbian but says she didn’t reveal that to the family.
On their $93.55 check, the family wrote: "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life." Morales posted a picture of the check on a gay-friendly Facebook page called "Have a Gay Day" and it quickly went viral.
The waitress has received about $1,700 in extra tips and donations as a result of the post and plans to donate most of it to the Wounded Warriors Project. "It was never about the money in the first place," she said.
Lapolla has received requests to name the family, but the restaurant won’t do it. "We don't want to attack the family," he said. "If they came in I would not sit them with Dayna.”