A gay waitress in Illinois recently received no tip from a group of customers but the more surprising aspect of that interaction was the note on the receipt, which said, in part, "Can't tip someone who doesn't love Jesus."
According to the Rock River Times the incident occurred at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant where Samantha Heaton served a family of five.
She said there weren't any noticeable problems during the meal but when they left she noticed that they had left her a message, rather than a tip, on their bill.
It read: "Can't tip someone that doesn't love Jesus! Bad tattoo."
An image of the bill and the server's arm were posted on Facebook, along with the caption: "I would just like to say that being gay does NOT MEAN you don't believe in God or Jesus.
"And people who are 'religious' should not disrespect of act in such ways to other people.
"P.s they spelled tattoo wrong."
Heaton, who is openly gay, has indicated that the family never asked her about her tattoo, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
She said: "I do believe in Jesus and God. I myself am a Christian. And, as a Christian, thou shall not judge."
Advertising's most sexist ads
Advertising's most sexist ads
"A woman is only a woman but a good cigar is a smoke".Only a woman? Feminists would take issue at the "only" adverb, and the idea that any human being of either gender is inferior to a cancer-inducing product from Benson & Hedges.
Don't blame the ad men completely. That ad tag line is actually the evil work of one Rudyard Kipling. From a poem he penned called "The Bethrothed".
Now this is a creepy ad: "I have created a playground for men's hands." Armando Ghedini created wigs "for other men who adore women". This wig was also wash'n'wear. Nice.
The thoughtful signor Ghedini had also designed a wig to be combed in any direction, "for men to tousle". Men, he said, become "inspired" by women who wore it and women, Ghedini added, were grateful.
VW advertising has often been self-deprecating and clever. In 1960s America their ads were phenomenally successful, persuading thousands of Americans to ditch large thirsty home-made offerings for the company's cramped, noisy but economical Beetle.
Their ads flattered the intelligence of the American middle class. But this ad depicing a bashed-up VW bug? "Sooner or later your wife will drive home one of the best reasons for owning a Volkswagen". Not their female customers, clearly. What were they thinking?
Similarly, Easyjetalso thought that a pair of ample breasts would be enough to help ticket sales. This ad dates back to 2003 when George Bush, Dick Cheney and Tony Blair were getting very animated about those hard-to-find weapons of mass destruction.
This particular ad garnered around 200 complaints to the Advertising Council and also escaped any ticking off. And plenty of publicity of course. It all worked out beautifully for Easyjet. Tits away, Stelios.
Car manufacturers and cigarette companies are regular sexist offenders. Here Italian typewriter maker Olivetti peddles the idea that young women are passive, servants ready to transcribe boardroom minutes at a moment's notice.
Where are Olivetti now in the global brand firmament?. Join the Olivetti girls. At ease, ladies, please.
Melon distributor F.H.Hogue of California thought his melons were pretty buxom and wanted to spread the word. Ho-ho, Mr Hogue.
There are plenty more examples and we'll be looking at more anther time. In the meantime let's leave with a woman knowing exactly where she should be (in the home, honey).
Here is a 1970s shoe ad from a brand called Weyenberg. You may find it hard to track down a Weyenberg shoe today however.
However, not all car makers followed such a well-worn patronising path. Back in the 1970s Honda in the US reversed the idea that women always needed cars with simple, easy-to-drive automatic gearboxes.
Despite offering both a manual and auto gearbox, neither was "a women's car" Honda stated firmly. Note the jaunty hat and jeans. A stab at selling to the US lesbian community? Or an independent straight girl fed up with stereotypes. Good for Honda.