This means nothing I guess and is purely anecdotal, but could you construe anything from this?
My 20 year old daughter Cristina is a full-time junior at UNC-G and a part-time waitress at an area restaurant.
I may be biased of course, but Cristina is very out-going, friendly and caring, and this works well as a waitress since those attributes pay-off in tips, the main way she makes her living.
For the first time in her life, she voted. Participated in early-voting at the Guilford County Courthouse. She was very proud and displayed her "I Voted" sticker on her order pad at work.
That night, a couple came in and noticed it as she was taking their order. The man said, "I bet you a million dollars you didn't vote for Bush did you?" Cristina just smiled and told him he was correct. She didn't offer any other comment or say anything else about it, but she could tell they were unhappy. They ran up a bill of over $60.00 and left her a $2.00 tip.
Later, another group came in and asked Cristina if the restaurant served anything besides Heinz Ketchup. She said no and asked why that was important. One of the men in the group started in about how they couldn't support the Heinz company because of John Kerry. ( I know, the guy was too much of a frigging idiot to know that Kerry has nothing to do with Heinz, but that's another story.) At this point she notices he has on a big "W IN '04" sweatshirt. He then asked her if she had voted for Bush. Again, she just smiled and said no. Then the guy goes on about how it is OK to make one mistake in your life. Again, Cristina just smiles and makes no comment, even though by now she wanted to. She should have gone ahead and said something because this group ran up an $80.00 plus bill and left her a $3.00 tip.
To rub salt in the wound, the same group came in again later in the week, got a waitress that was vocally pro-Bush, ran up another $80.00 plus bill and left the pro-Bush waitress a tip in the double digits.
Some people are just jerks.