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  •  Unkind Christian Tipped Zero & got waitress fired: (10+ / 0-)

    A related story, from six months ago. It's not racist, like this one, just stingy with a follow-up of vindictive.

    These are just two tales. All around the world, there are pigs who treat their waitstaff horribly, just because they think they can.

    Tips are not optional, they are how waiters get paid.

    I was a waitress at Applebee's restaurant in Saint Louis. I was fired Wednesday for posting a picture on Reddit.com of a note a customer left on a bill. I posted it on the web as a light-hearted joke.

    This didn't even happen at my table. The note was left for another server, who allowed me to take a picture of it at the end of the night.

    Someone had scribbled on the receipt, "I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?" . .

    The person who wrote the note came across an article about it, called the Applebee's location, and demanded everyone be fired -- me, the server who allowed me to take the picture, the manager on duty at the time, the manager not on duty at the time, everyone. It seems I was fired not because Applebee's was represented poorly, not because I did anything illegal or against company policy, but because I embarrassed this person.

    In light of the situation, I would like to make a statement on behalf of wait staff everywhere: We make $3.50 an hour. Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 09:52:46 AM PDT

    •  Unkind "Christian" tipped zero &...... (1+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl

      I agree w/you totally...servers get paid miserably!! I think
      y'all need to protest as the Mickey D's workers are...YOU
      NEVER know what will get the "owners" attention!!

       You SHOULD NEVER have been fired, nor the others!! You
      may feel the urge to visit a "wrongful termination" attorney?

       Good luck replacing that sucky place in which you were
      previously (and poorly) employed.

      •  It was a story that was fairly widely (0+ / 0-)

        shared here on the site just a few weeks ago, I believe, rather than something that happened to Brecht personally.

        But both these tales, and the comments do reveal not only the precarious state of the serving economy for those who do the serving, but also some disturbing questions about privacy and the tactics that are available to fight that precarious state.

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        by a gilas girl on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 07:40:47 PM PDT

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