Waitress Fired After She Went Online Shaming Church For Deciding Not To Tip

Updated February 25, 2018

When a server at an Outback Steakhouse restaurant located in Florida received a $735 order from a megachurch, she worked hard making sure all the pieces were in order. But when the church came to pick up the gargantuan to-go order, they stiffed her leaving her nothing as a tip. She was so upset. The employee turned to social media to speak poorly about the church’s stinginess. As a result, she lost her job at the restaurant.

“We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the car,” the server Tamlynn Yoder, 25, from Lake Park, Florida told the Palm Beach Post. “It’s a lot of work. Just as much as serving.”

Although Yoder did all the work required to get together this massive $753 order, the Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach did not deem her service worthy of a tip. They were holding a conference in the area and ordered 25 steak dinners, 25 chicken dinners, and 25 side orders to satisfy the people they were teaching about the Lord’s word.

Because Yoder had to spend a lot of time on this massive order, she was unable to serve other customers. This meant that other people did not have the opportunity to tip her. And it is customary to provide people in her position a tip, especially for such a large order.

“I brought it out, put it in the car,” Yoder said to WSVN-TV, a Miami affiliate of Fox. “We received the payment. There was no gratuity. I got upset. I posted a post on Facebook about the church not leaving a gratuity tip.”

After Yoder’s post went viral, a friend of the Outback employee called the church on her behalf to confront them about their stinginess. The church claimed that the person tasked to pick up the food did not know they were supposed to leave a tip.

“Coming in to eat or takeout, you should automatically be wanting to tip 15 percent,” Yoder said. “From there, you either go up or go down based on service.”

On Thursday, a church representative called Outback. Then Yoder was fired.

Outback has a policy forbidding customers from posting anything online about the customers. And because Yoder was not supposed to write anything on social media, the restaurant reimbursed the church for their entire order, even though they should have given Yoder at least a modest tip.

“We did not call the restaurant to have her fired,” a church spokesperson said. “We wanted to get the situation resolved.”

And now that Yoder has been fired, the situation is resolved.

Readers on Fox News were eager to share their point of view. Many thought the church should have offered her a tip.

“Servers are underpaid because they make money on tips. Hosts, cooks, bussers, and people delivering food for taking out are paid more. They have to. It’s the law. I am generally a very generous tipper.”

Others thought she was being entitled.

“Typical millennial. If they can’t make $100K a year flipping burgers, it’s a societal problem.”

What do you think is the right thing to do?