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Server lashes out at customer who gave 10% tip after complimenting her performance

Gabriella Ferlita

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Server lashes out at customer who gave 10% tip after complimenting her performance

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@iheartveggiecorndogs

A server has taken to social media to slam a customer who gave her a 10 percent tip after complimenting her service.

When I was a waitress, I was lucky to get more than a semi-hard piece of chewing gum left on the table as a tip, so 10 percent? Give me that any day of the week.

However, one server named Emma took to TikTok last year in outrage after she received the sum from a customer who had just showered her in praise. Prepare for a rant-and-a-half:

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The waiter - who goes by the username @iheartveggiecorndogs - said the customer praised her customer service, quoting them saying: "Oh my god, thank you so much, everything was great and we had such a great time, you made me feel great."

So, where did it all go wrong? Well, after profusely thanking her, the customer gave Emma a $10 tip after paying the $100 bill.

Emma says in her video: “I just want everyone to know that if you tip 10 percent, but before you tip 10 percent, you [...] suck my t*****s with praises, and then you tip me 10 percent? That’s so rude."

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And Emma's rant doesn't end there.

A server has called out a customer who gave her a 10% tip. Credit: @iheartveggiecorndogs / TikTok
A server has called out a customer who gave her a 10% tip. Credit: @iheartveggiecorndogs / TikTok

Emma continues by saying she wished the customers ‘smack[ed] [her] around the mouth’ if they were only going to leave a 10 percent tip.

In the US, tipped employees earn a minimum of $2.13 (£1.96) an hour under federal law, while tips cover the difference to make up the Basic Combined Cash & Tip Minimum Wage Rate of $7.25 (£6.68) an hour, as per the US Department of Labor.

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Despite the minimum cash wage and combined wage rate varying from state to state, some onlookers pointed out in the comments section of the video that tips from restaurant-goers are also split between front and back-of-house staff.

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The amount of gratuity customers should leave depends on whether the staff gave them a good experience, including whether they got the order correct and if they check that everything is okay with their food, according to Bankrate.

For good service, the financial service company recommends that customers leave between 15-20 percent of their bill. But generally, if a server receives anything less than a 20 percent tip, they may think they did a bad job.

In the US, tipped employees earn a minimum of $2.13 (£1.96) an hour under federal law. Credit: Unsplash
In the US, tipped employees earn a minimum of $2.13 (£1.96) an hour under federal law. Credit: Unsplash

Emma resolves: "I would so much rather you stand up from your table and [...] say, ‘You are ugly, you are stupid, this was the worst service I have ever had', and then leave me $10 on $100."

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"I would so much rather that and respect it because you looked me in the eyes like a person, and you stood up to me. But no, if you actively tell me, ‘You did a great job', and then you tip me 10 percent [I] want to fight you out back."

Many viewers understood the waiter’s point of view, with one person commenting: “Less than 20 percent is unacceptable in 2022. Respect your service workers.”

"The good old verbal tip," another quipped of the frustrating situation, while somebody else added: "And that 10 percent gets divided by the bar and the busboy and sometimes the host.. yeah thanks also making 2.65 an hour."

What would you do if you got tipped 10 percent?

Topics: News, US News, Money, TikTok, Social Media

Gabriella Ferlita
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