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Man leaves anti-gay message as tip in bill at restaurant, shreds, shoves it down manager's blouse say police

Man leaves anti-gay message as a tip in restaurant, shreds, shoves it down manager's blouse
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Photo courtesy of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

A Florida man was apparently not happy that his server was gay and in lieu of a tip decided to write an anti-gay message in the gratuity part of his bill. 

The server noticed the note which read “[Zero] if he wasn’t gay” and alerted his manager who then confronted the man, Frederic Sterry Smith, 62, outside. 

Smith allegedly admitted to writing the note, then tore up the check, reached into the female manager's blouse and stuffed the pieces there, touching her breast. 

The assailant got into his car and drove off but was found by police shortly thereafter. 

They asked him about the incident which elicited an angry response, “I can say whatever I want, to whoever I want!” Smith yelled. He was with a female companion who denied Smith was physical toward the manager, "We didn’t touch her," she said. 

An excerpt from the Naples Daily News reports Smith is "a minister and president of Servant’s Heart Disaster Relief, a St. Augustine-based nonprofit and 'evangelical hands-on ministry devoted to helping hurricane victims in North America and the Caribbean.'"

Smith was arrested and charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. He was released Sunday on a $500 bond.