(Photo: Frederic Sterry Smith)
A Floridian minister has been arrested after allegedly writing on his restaurant bill a homophobic slur against the waiter who served him and then stuffing it down the store manager’s top after she confronted him, reports Newsweek.
Frederic Sterry Smith, 62, of St. Augustine, Florida, was charged with simple battery following the incident at the Milagro On 12 Latin Kitchen restaurant on July 27.
Smith was out dining with a female companion when he allegedly wrote “if he wasn’t gay,” and a zero-dollar tip on his waiter’s receipt, reports Naples Daily News. The employee handed the receipt to his manager, who then walked outside to speak to Smith about it.
St. Augustine Police said Smith admitted to writing the slur on the receipt, before snatching the paper off the manager and ripping it. He then grabbed her by the collar and stuffed it down her shirt. Smith also allegedly touched the woman’s breast. An eyewitness told police that Smith had warned the manager that he would “(expletive) rip it up in front of her face,” before doing so.