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Waitress lost her job after complaining about no tip on $735 order

Joe Harker

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Waitress lost her job after complaining about no tip on $735 order

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A waitress once lost her job after she complained on social media about dealing with a $735 order where she didn't receive anything for a tip.

Nobody really likes tipping but when there's a bunch of people who get a really bad deal pay-wise there's a very good reason to dig deep and put a little extra on the bill.

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Some people's livelihoods are reliant on the money they get from tips so laying some extra money to help the person who brought you your food is expected in plenty of countries.

It's not a perfect system but, as long as people need to be able to afford to live and they don't get paid properly, tipping is here to stay.

Since tipping is often done as a percentage of the bill, lots of waiting staff look forward to the big spenders because the more they spend the bigger the tipping figure is likely to be.

If tipping will result in your server being able to afford to live then you should tip, simple as. Credit: Radharc Images / Alamy Stock Photo
If tipping will result in your server being able to afford to live then you should tip, simple as. Credit: Radharc Images / Alamy Stock Photo
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However, one woman once lost her job at Outback Steakhouse after she dealt with a $735 order and complained after receiving no tip for it.

Tamlynn Yoder was working at their Palm Beach, Florida outlet in 2018 when a local church placed the massive order for 25 steaks, 25 chickens and 25 potatoes - which took her most of her shift to sort out.

However, when someone came to collect the mountain of meat they left without paying Tamlynn a tip and she went on social media to complain about it after making just $18 from tips during the rest of the day.

She didn't say where she worked in the post but the next day when she went into work she was told that the Christ Fellowship church had been refunded the $735 cost of their order and that she had been fired.

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Outback Steakhouse had a company policy banning employees from talking about customers online and since her complaint had broken that she was on her way out.

Some people will take away tips in front of their server if there's something they don't like. Don't do that. Credit: Facebook / Tyler Ann Marie Williams
Some people will take away tips in front of their server if there's something they don't like. Don't do that. Credit: Facebook / Tyler Ann Marie Williams

When they heard about it Christ Fellowship, who said they did normally tip when they ordered food but that the volunteer who went to pick it up didn't know that, raised some money for Tamlynn.

She said the compensation they gave her was 'more than the tip' would have been.

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People who have friends that work in the service industry have often said that their perception of tipping was changed after hearing some horror stories.

Meanwhile, there are a few people who've turned being annoying with their tips into an art form and would definitely get their meals tipped over their head if their servers didn't need the tips to top up their wages.

Of course there are some people who really aren't fans of 'tipping culture' spreading to all sorts of places you wouldn't expect and frankly we'd all be better off if people just got paid a fair wage and a tip was an extra bonus rather than an obligation.

Change society, but for now keep tipping.

Topics: Community, US News, Money, Food and Drink

Joe Harker
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