Watch: Waitress responds to diner who wrote ‘I don’t tip fags’

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Dash-In Server response to homophobic note goes viral.

WARNING: Video contains language that some viewers may find offensive. Viewer discretion is advised.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Michele Crider was in a good mood earlier this week, and it continued into her shift at Dash-In in downtown Fort Wayne.

It was derailed, though, when she picked up the receipt for a table she’d just served.

“I don’t tip fags,” was scrawled at the top of the receipt. Crider is openly gay.

After her shift, Crider shared a nearly 4-minute video on Facebook in which she described the incident, and responded directly to the unidentified diner who left the message. She captioned the video, “I just hope this message gets back to this guy. You sir are a sad excuse for a human.”

You can watch the video above. It has been shared more than 11,000 times in two days.

Dash-In released the following statement about the incident:

“On Feburary 19, 2019, one of our customers made a prejudicial comment to one of our employees. The Dash-In prides itself on providing a welcoming, safe haven for customers and employees from all walks of life. This incident only strengthens our resolve to be a force of good in our community. We will continue to support those in our extended Dash-In family. We eagerly welcome all those who share these values and can’t wait to see you soon.”

In the wake of the incident and the ensuing video, a GoFundMe has been set up to support Crider, with a goal of $1,000. By mid-afternoon Thursday, more than $4,300 had been raised. does not assure that the monies or donations deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a donation, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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