A receipt with an antigay slur went viral.
Kyle Griffith, a waiter at Buffalo Wild Wings in Louisville, Ky., received a hateful message instead of a tip on a recent bill of sale, after serving two young women. The message read: "Sorry I don't tip faggots," along with a hashtag, "#UNeedJesus."
"It just crushed me that someone could say something like that,” Griffith told WDRB, a local Fox affiliate.
"I depend on those tips to be able to pay my bills and everything else ... to live, to eat, everything,” he added.
Afterward, Griffith posted a photo of the receipt to Facebook, in order to spread awareness of hate encountered by LGBT people. He took out the customer's name from the image to prevent a backlash against her.
The post was later removed — it was flagged for offensive content, he said — but not before going viral.
"I want to be able to tell everyone that this is not a lie, that this is truth, this is an everyday happening,” Griffith said. ”It's an occurrence that ... can't happen any longer. It's got to stop. The hate has to stop. There's no reason for it."
Before the post was removed, the customer who had written the offending message apologized in the comments section of the photograph. She claimed that the remarks had been a joke.
"It's not something you should joke about," Griffith shot back in his interview with WDRB. "My sexual preference at all shouldn't be something someone should joke about."
Griffith added that Buffalo Wild Wings "had his back" throughout the ordeal. His employer released a statement in response to the incident.
“We’re disappointed to learn about the comment left on a receipt by a Guest at one of our independently owned franchise locations in Louisville recently," the statement said. "Because Buffalo Wild Wings is about creating a great guest experience, we feel strongly that our restaurant environment needs to be respectful in order to provide the experience that our Guests and Team Members expect and deserve."
Last Friday, Griffith posted a follow-up message that reiterated his wish for people to "stop spreading hate."
Watch the WDRP report below.