Gay slur written on restaurant receipt

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- An offensive note at the top of a restaurant receipt has a teen speaking out about it and how his manager reacted.

Blake Butler, 19, was a server at Kelley's Country Cookin' in Meadows Place up until last Wednesday when he says a fellow server got a note on the top of the receipt from two customers. It was about him and read "Don't want to listen to a (expletive) through my whole meal."

"I just thought it was disgusting," said Butler

Butler says it was offensive but just as offensive was how the manager reacted.

"Instead of having my back and be like, you know, 'That's my employee. I can't have you talking about my employees like that.' She was like, 'Oh. It's OK. I'm sorry,'" Butler said.

On Tuesday, the owner told us it was an uncomfortable position for the manager to be in and if he were there, he would have confronted the customers about it.

Butler says he usually can dismiss negative comments pretty easily but he felt he had to address this one. To do so, he had to have a difficult conversation with his parents.

"I recently came out to my parents today because I didn't want them to find out on the news. I just finally said it," Butler told Eyewitness News of the delicate discussion.

As for the gay slur...

"Everybody's entitled to their own opinion, but instead of leaving the opinion out for everyone to see, just keep it to yourself," Butler said.
Related topics:
houstongay rights
Copyright © 2021 KTRK-TV. All Rights Reserved.