GoFundMe for waitress targeted by gay slur brings in more than $5,000

(Photo: Michele Crider/Facebook)
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WTHR) – A local waitress' response to a gay slur that was written on a receipt has gone viral, with many people showing her their support.

Michele Crider shared her experience in a Facebook post.

Crider was working a lunch shift at the Dash-In restaurant in Fort Wayne when she says she got a table with two men who weren't very friendly.

"It's just one of those tables that didn't want to be bothered, is what I thought," Crider said. "So I served them and the guy said he'd take the check, I gave it to them and they were in and out. I waited a little while to go pick up the check and to my surprise he wrote 'I don't tip f---.'"

Crider was determined not to let this experience ruin her day, telling the man that love is stronger than his hate.

“Have your own beliefs but you don’t have to say it, just don’t tip me,” Crider said.

According to Fort Wayne's NBC, Crider said her Dash-In work family showered her with hugs and support, and within minutes, even got her a bouquet of flowers. A GoFundMe page was created to cover the lost tip and help Crider out.

"I think Michele deserves her tip. She deserves to know and feel like society has her back. In the video she talks about paying for tuition for her son, and working her butt off to do so. Let’s help her out and show her some LOVE!! Every single dollar counts!" Will Certain wrote on the page.

By Friday evening, two days after the fund was created, more than 300 people had donated over $5,300.

The Facebook post has been shared more than 24,000 times and Crider says she hopes the man has seen her response by now.

The Dash-In owner says they found the man on the restaurant’s surveillance video and he will not be welcome there again.