Waitress gets different kind of 'tip': 'The woman's place is in the home'

By Ben Hooper
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GREENVILLE, S.C., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A waitress at a South Carolina restaurant said she felt "humiliated" and "heartbroken" by a "tip" that came in note form: "The woman's place is in the home."

Renee, a server at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Greenville, said she served the couple, who appeared to be in their mid-50s, at the eatery recently and discovered they had left her a note in lieu of a cash tip.


The note thanked Renee for her "excellent service," but went on to tell her that her "place is in the home" and her working is a "disgrace" to her husband's "manhood" and the reason he "must see another woman on his way home."

The note also included what appears to be a reference to Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign: "Make America great again."

The full text of the note, which was posted to Facebook by a co-worker, reads:

"Dear Renee,

Thank you for your excellent service today -- you're a good waitress.

Here's your tip:

The woman's place is in the home. Your place is in the home. It even says so in the Bible. You may think that you're contributing to your household by coming into work, but you're not. While you're in here 'working' this is the reason your husband must see another woman on his way home from a long day at his work. Because you should be home taking care of the household duties, you may think what you are doing 'working' is right, it is really essentially a disgrace to his manhood and to the American family. So instead of coming to your 'job' and looking for handouts to feed your family, how's about going home and cleaning your house and cooking a hot meal for your husband and children, the way your husband and God intended, and help make America great again. Praying for families and our nation.



The Watley's"

The waitress said she had never served the couple before the incident.

"I am not sure if they were local, having never served them before, but they did sound as though they were from this area," she said in a note provided to WYFF-TV.

She said the couple made some incorrect assumptions about her life.

"I have never been married, and have no children. I have a very loving and supportive boyfriend who has been by my side as I have been working and trying to further my education," Renee wrote.

The guests were very friendly and polite while I served them, which made this come as an even bigger surprise. They got up to pay, and I thought they had left. I bused off their table, and was taking an order for another nearby table of guests when I observed them come back, slip the napkin on the table, and dart out the door.

I felt mortified, embarrassed, humiliated even. I felt hurt, and a bit heartbroken. It is a bit disheartening and discouraging that things like this happen at this day and age."


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