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Chili's Server Fired After Facebook Tip Rant

We like to think there is a lesson to be learned from every mistake. In the case of a California Chili's waitress, who's just been fired for posting an angry rant on her Facebook page, we're not even sure which lesson to start with, or who should be learning it.

The incident began when this young woman was stiffed on a tip. She took to Facebook to let off some steam. "Next time you tip me $5 on a $138 bill, don't even bother coming in cause I'll spit in your food and then in your fuckig [sic] face you cheap bastards!!!!!!!!!"

Lesson #1: don't stiff servers on tips. It's often their main source of income and generally sends bad feelings into the universe. Lesson #2: you probably shouldn't threaten to spit on someone on your Facebook page, especially if you live in a state where that constitutes assault, like California. Also, restaurants are generally not excited to hear their employees threaten to spit in their customers' food.

How, you might be asking, did her managers at Chili's find out about this? That is where the story gets a little more complex. This Reddit thread exploded with comments overnight, in response to the claim that a 4Chan user, Dr. Jimmy Rustles, may have been the whistleblower on this young waitress.

The Daily Dot seems to have called this out as a fake, however, after doing some fact-checking with the management team at Chili's, who claim that the young woman's "social media guideline violations" were not brought to their attention by this gleeful troublemaker. These kinds of screengrabs are notoriously easy to fake, although they look pretty convincing to us.

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The Daily Dot also noted, "Most commenters on the thread -- which is in the 4Chan subreddit, known for a greater propensity for trolling and a lack of sympathy compared to most of Reddit -- seem to find the whole thing hilarious. A few, however, are squeamish that she lost her job over a Facebook post." The server has deleted her Facebook account, in the midst of this complex social media hurricane.

Lesson #3: Keep your fingers crossed that 4Chan's rabblerousers don't catch wind of your misbehavior and want to mess with you, just in case this is actually how things went down.

[via Eater]

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  • The "Pennies in Water" Tip

    "I'd say the strangest tipping story I can remember involved a long-term server at a restaurant in which I was the general manager. My server was having a bad night, and toward the end, a dinner party broke all tipping etiquette rules and left him nothing more than about 20 the bottom of a glass of water.I'm still not sure why it happened, but the server scooped up the pennies, followed the party into the parking lot and threw them at the departing customers. A fight ensued and the cops ended up getting called. They ultimately hauled my server away in handcuffs and charged him with attempted assault. The charges were later dropped." <em>Story via David Bakke, Editor at <a href="">Money Crashers Personal Finance</a></em> <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Take the Tipping Quiz: What Kind of Tipper Are You?</a>]</strong> <em>Photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Flickr user: puuikibeach</a></em>

  • The Gift Card Tip

    <strong>Story 1:</strong> "I got a customer who tipped me with a $15 Walmart gift card. He said he would not tip cash because bartenders and servers use it for drugs!" <strong>Story 2:</strong> "After drinking two Long Island iced teas and falling asleep at my bar, a customer went to pay her tab and had exactly enough money to purchase the drinks. She really wanted to give me something, and went through her bag and found a Wendy's gift card. 'There's just enough for a Frosty on there, enjoy!' she said (while I was thinking that a Frosty wasn't going to pay my rent). She was nice about it, so I kept my mouth shut even though I don't even like Wendy's. I carried it around for a while, and when I did finally try to use it on a road trip, the cashier swiped it, looked at me and said, 'sorry, sir, this gift card has a balance of zero."< <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Crazy Tipping Story: Rush Limbaugh Edition</a>]</strong>

  • The Make-Out Bribe

    "I was working at a restaurant in Washington, DC, and there was this guy sitting at the bar. After chatting with him a little bit, he told me he'd give me a $100 tip if I would make out with him. Skeevy, but this would have equaled around 500% since he only spent about $20. I politely declined, saying 'I can't do that, I'm seeing someone right now.' I'll be honest, I would have done it, and I wish I did (especially after I learned that my boyfriend at the time was cheating on me). We chatted for a while, and I kept telling him 'I'm sorry I can't do that.' As he was leaving, he stopped, and with a completely serious look said, 'if you want to go to Paris, I'll take you to Paris.' I think he was serious." <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Restaurant Policy Debates: Should Credit Card Payments Be Limited?</a>]</strong> <em>Photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Flickr user: TaniaSaiz</a></em>

  • The "End Of The World" Tip

    "One interesting story came on the eve of one of the many dates (yes, this has happened multiple times) in the recent past when the world was supposed to "come to an end." I think it was in May 2011. A server of mine came to me at the end of the night and said she just got a $100 tip on a $20 tab from a single guest. She mentioned it to the customer to make sure he didn't make a mistake. His response was, "No, it's all yours. The world is ending tomorrow, so I won't have time to spend it." He clearly wasn't trying to eat cheap on this night!" <em>Story via David Bakke, Editor at <a href="" target="_blank">Money Crashers Personal Finance</a></em> <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Must-Try Cheap Eats in 7 Cities</a>]</strong> <em>Photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Flickr user: pixagraphic</a></em>

  • Verbal "Tips"

    <strong>Story 1:</strong> "Here's a tip: find a different line of work!" <strong>Story 2:</strong> "While signing the tab for her credit card, a customer decided to give me a verbal tip as well. She looked at me and said I had the eyes of a serial killer, I should be careful when I walk around midtown because I might scare people." <strong>Story 3:</strong> "I had a guy write on the tab, 'Don't stand up in a canoe.' Um...." <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Service Debates: When Are Requests Unreasonable?</a>]</strong> <em>Photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Flickr user: lifecreations</a></em>

  • The Trippy Tip

    "Back in the early '80s I was a hostess at a Pizza Hut. One very busy lunch rush, I was carrying a pitcher of soda and a tray of ice-filled tumblers out to a table I had just seated when another customer stuck out his foot and tripped me. I held on to the soda, but the tray went flying. I can't swear he did it on purpose but if he didn't, it was awfully clumsy of him. On the chance it was deliberate, for the rest of his visit, I was absolutely fawning. I filled his glass several times, pre-bussed his table, got his dessert when the server was busy and generally killed him with kindness. When I went to clear his table, two slips of paper lay there. A $5 bill was under one marked 'for the waitress.' Under the other was a $20 bill marked 'for the hostess, with my apologies.' My grandmother was right about catching more flies with honey!" <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Which Dishes Bring Home the Bacon: A Look at Restaurant Mark-Ups</a>]</strong> <em>Photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Flickr user: Audin</a></em>

  • A Tip For Kicking Someone Out

    "I was bartending at a super-busy bar and these two drunks were sitting on the stools, making out with each other and bothering the patrons. After a while it became clear that they had too much. I went around filling drink orders, and when I got to them I just told them that the only thing they could order for the rest of the night was water. Cut. Off. They were super pissed, railing about how 'stupid' the bar was as they gathered their things and left (nearly falling over). Yeah, they didn't end up tipping me after they paid, but another customer more than made up for it when he turned to me, said, 'thanks for getting rid of those a--holes' and put a $20 down on the bar just like that." <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Would You Pay to Have Your Silverware Replaced?</a>]</strong> <em>Photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Flickr user: CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK</a></em>

  • The 200% Tip

    "It was 12:55 AM on a Saturday night and three friends and I needed a late-night pick-me-up after a night of hopping around to a few shows. We were in Kansas City, Missouri, visiting my in-laws and some friends. After much debate, we decided to stop at Winstead's since my husband had raved about their delicious milkshakes. We walked in, and the nice waitress told us they closed at 1 AM, but if we ordered in the next five minutes, we could stay. How nice is that? So we quickly decided and ordered a vanilla Skyscraper (a milkshake that serves at least eight-10 people and comes in a giant pitcher that looks like a flower vase), some fries, onion rings and The Winstead (a burger).Our food came within a few minutes and we began to chow down. It was getting close to 1:15 AM, and we began feeling bad because we were the only ones in the restaurant and all the employees were cleaning up. This is when we all decided we were going to leave a very big tip. We finished up and left almost a 200% tip. As we were walking out the door, the friendly waitress yelled "Thank You!" to us, and we were on our way. But as we were walking to the car, we turned around to see a dancing waitress waving money in the air. We were thrilled as well to give a little extra to make someone's night that much more special." <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">8 Totally Overrated Ingredients</a>]</strong></strong> <em>Photo by <a href="" target="_hplink">Flickr user: gemsling</a></em>

  • The $100 Tip

    <strong></strong>"The best tip I ever got was from a regular guest of mine who couldn't secure a table in my station but could watch my busy night. On his way out of the restaurant, he shook my hand and said, 'You work too hard.' He tipped me a hundred dollars on the one night I didn't wait on him. Never did beat that." <strong>[Also see: <a href="" target="_blank">Tipping Quiz: The Results</a>]</strong>

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We like to think there is a lesson to be learned from every mistake. In the case of a California Chili's waitress, who's just been fired for posting an angry rant on her Facebook page, we're not even ...
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3 minutes ago ( 7:52 AM)
I agree with the waitress about the bad tip,but you cannot place your own ingredient in the food. I believe there should be an 18% gratuity added to the bill to prevent this.
27 minutes ago ( 7:28 AM)
Wow.. my wife was a server about 15 years ago and made $2.15 per hour + tips.. From reading the comments..its STILL that low??

I see people (commenters) on both sides of the coin here:

Maybe the service was poor, maybe the guy was one of those "ignorant" tippers, maybe thats all he could afford, maybe thats all the cash he had left over...

My family goes out to eat about 8 times per year... I have a large family, (me, wife, and 3 teenaged daughters)..I usually try to tip 10-15%... When paying with a credit/debit card, it is easy.. just add the amount in.

But.. on the other hand.. In this girls situation, maybe the guy was there for only 30-40 minutes..

If she makes 2.15 per hour and he gave her 5 bucks.. thats 7.15 per hour that she jsut made off of ONE table....

BLUF: Sucks to be her.....
1 hour ago ( 6:55 AM)
Tipping is part of the social contract in the US. In Europe they pay servers a decent wage- so tipping is much more of a "holy cow you guys were good" situation. Restaurants in Europe are also a LOT more expensive- because they pay for the service out of the general food bill. In America, it's like how they don't put the sales tax on the price tag: you should expect to pay it anyway. So if you are stiffing a server, they really should be terrible. If they are doing an ok job- they should be getting 10-15% in most of the country.

In cities like New York, cost of living is a lot higher- and service jobs are a lot shadier. Most workers at bars are paid under the table- often getting a "shift pay" of twenty to thirty dollars per ten hour shift- and then whatever they make in tips.

In New York- the tipping goes like this: one dollar per drink at a bar (you'll get better service if you tip an extra dollar the first round, and tip for everything, even water). At food establishments, 20% is a respectable tip. Under 15% makes the servers think they pissed you off, or that you are cheap/clueless. It's literally not worth their time to give you better service the on your next visit- since they have a better shot with another customer that knows the rules.
1 hour ago ( 6:38 AM)
This is getting ridiculous. This person was just blowing off some steam! I don't think people realize the "Pandora's Box" we're opening when employers can hire & fire you based on opinions or comments outside of work. One day it may be they can fire you based on your political beliefs or even based on who you might know on social media. (Such as a former employee of that company). This is a story that affects us all, whether we realize it or not.
41 minutes ago ( 7:14 AM)
Very good point..
18 minutes ago ( 7:37 AM)
It was not her position to do so, and threaten the reputation of that business and its customers, and further threaten assault, doing so was a violation of the law. She got very minimally what she deserved, I would like to see her arrested for it, and sued by the venue for loss of business over it.
2 hours ago ( 6:20 AM)
People rely upon tips more so than an hourly wage. Anyone with any manners knows to tip between 10 and 20% dependant upon your perception of service. Servers dont cook the food so dont blame them. Many an mom is out there trying to support her kids and do their best to be a good server. Its a damn shame Chile's doesnt have a policy other than fire their own servers who complain on facebook ! For all you non tippers out there. Your mom served you for free. Grow up !
2 hours ago ( 6:08 AM)
All the more reason tipping should be abolished.
2 hours ago ( 5:42 AM)
Tipping is not mandatory in the United States, so the waiter should be happy if he gets anything. Of course, it's a nice gesture to tip, but the fact is, if anyone should be tipped, it would be the cook/chef - he prepared the food, the waiter "only" transported it. I don't understand why someone would expect a large tip, you should be thankful for anything you get from a costumer, and not go behind their back and criticize. What if someone just hasn't got the money to give a $20 or more tip?! in this economy, such sum is quite a lot.
2 hours ago ( 6:00 AM)
Then you stay home and cook and transport your own food to your table and save yourself these troubling situations, since you cant figure it out for yourself.

No one is forcing you to go to a restaurant where the tab would indicate a $20 tip. If you cant afford that, go to a cheaper restaurant where the tab, and the tip, would be less.

"What if someone just hasnt got the money to give a $20 tip?"-that isnt the stupidest question ever, but it's up there.
1 hour ago ( 6:31 AM)
I eat very often in restaurants and i almost always leave a tip, but there are some people who just can't afford it. And please don't insult me. A waiter is paid by the employer for waitering, so it's his job to do what his job is. Tipping is voluntary and if the service was satifactory, i'll leave a tip. but there are times, when i have just enough money, so i can't leave a tip or the tip is very small - in this case i expect from a waiter to understand and not spit in my food the next time i come.
Btw, i love cooking :)
19 minutes ago ( 7:36 AM)
Many years ago I worked doing payroll at restaurant. The waiters and waitresses made $2.13 per hour on paychecks. They rely on tips as part of their pay. They also had to claim 8% of their tips. Yes some had good weeks and some didn't, but it was calculated of sorts to 15% gratuity. It is a tough job and admire those that do it. Try dealing with some of the rude customers who think they are above waiting tables. It would have to be a very, very bad waitress to not get a tip from me.
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3 hours ago ( 5:09 AM)
Yeah, well I just got $15 on a $265 bill by some chickies in sashes and tiaras...didn't even pay for my tipout (in case you don't know what that is, it's the ten percent of my sales that I am required to give to my support staff). So basically I paid money out of my own pocket to wait on these stupid clucking hens. However, I am not mad. I make more than they do, and sure as hell know more about conducting myself in a civilized manner out and about in the world than they do. I feel for you, Chili's waitress.
3 hours ago ( 4:54 AM)
The one thing I want to know is, if serving/waiting tables is such a horrible job, and so poorly compensated (by wage+tips), then why do so many people do that work? It goes beyond taking just any job in a hard economy-there was no shortage of waitstaff in the boom years.
Orbiting a small unregarded yellow sun
3 hours ago ( 5:11 AM)
It's good money for the hours, and generally flexible so you can pursue other things.

However, if you ran a business, and expected to get X amount of money for an item, wouldn't you be pissed if, because someone was in a bad mood or stupid or uneducated, they decided to give you less?
18 minutes ago ( 7:37 AM)
If you ran a business as a savvy business person, you would not give the customer that amount of leeway on price. It's not the way to run most businesses.

But to answer your question, I would be pissed enough to hand them over to a debt collector or take it up in court here in the UK.
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2 hours ago ( 5:29 AM)
because sometimes it the only thing they know how to do,and sometimes young people take jobs like this because the hours are fexable so they can work their way through school. Being a server is hard work, I don't care what anyone says. I used to be a server when I was young. I feel bad for this woman, sounds like she was just angry and posted something stupid before she thought it through. People need to be careful what they post on a social media website, what you post is not private, and can be seen by thousands of people, and there is always someone who will take what you say and try to use it against you. I hate it that this person lost her job, hopefullly she learned her lesson and it won't prevent her from getting another job in the near future, I also don't feel like she should have been fired, management should have talked to her and maybe give her some time off so she could have thought about what she posted after she cooled off. I also don't blame her for being angry, I have been stiffed like this in the past, when I was a server, some people will run your legs off and won't tip you a dime, that's just the way it goes sometimes.
2 hours ago ( 6:12 AM)
So apparently, however hard the work (and yes, I know it's a demanding job), and the varying levels of tipping-it's still a decent paying job, averaged out, and one that is accessible for a large group of people.

Thank you both for your replies.
3 hours ago ( 4:30 AM)
oh wow I've been to that Chili's!! Thank God my family tips well whenever we go there!!!
4 hours ago ( 4:13 AM)
This kind of comes back around to the whole employers in a person's social media business thing, that is still a little too close to big brother not to mention skirting dangerously close to violating her 1st amendment rights. They may not agree with what she said, but firing her for it to me seems like asking for a legal battle.
3 hours ago ( 4:30 AM)
oh well......better than losing customers over it
13 minutes ago ( 7:42 AM)
No. When you publicly threaten assault to a business and its customers and damage their reputation, you are making yourself a threat to both and they were correct to fire her. As I said above, if I were the business owner I would sue her for loss of business. Public permanent speech comes with responsibility. If you use it to cause fear and economic damage, you are liable. If you slander someone you are liable.
4 hours ago ( 3:52 AM)
I think we all should watch the movie Waiting..... yeah, never mess with the people who handle your food.
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5 hours ago ( 3:09 AM)
Ive been a server at Chilis and I had moments like these many many times. Chilis is one of the places where people are going to get cheap food. I mean as a former service, do you know how much they had to buy to spend 138$ worth of food on that person? How long they stayed at that table, even if she did the very least. . . got the product out late perhaps, she still did the job and spent the time. She still deserved 15% of that bill. I had people simply leave me 1$ on a 100$ bill. As people expect grade A service. My managers new I Was an excellent server and would comp one meal off these large table orders so that I could at least make a 10% tip. I know that this girl like the many, are just victims of an unfortunate amount of people who are stupid and selfish, they expect A+ service, for peanuts. She makes 2.15$ an hour, come on! People just want to spend all their money at a restaurant without paying for the service. It should be included gratuity on large bills and for some restaurants they are already doing this. I have always been disappointed w- this part of being a server, because people are soo horrible sometimes. But shell keep trucking, my advice is next time pick a place that charges gratuity.
4 hours ago ( 4:03 AM)
Maybe you ask your boss for a raise? Seriously, I get the food myself.
2 hours ago ( 5:44 AM)
The federal government has frozen that 2.15 wage since Bush was first elected. Hermann Cain lobbied them to freeze it.
3 hours ago ( 4:34 AM)
and yet the service was most likely bad and the 5 dollars was meant as a stead she received a different lesson from her employer

too funny
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2 hours ago ( 5:59 AM)
Actually, rt, a lot of people who eat at Chili's and places like that think $5 is an AWESOME tip. This is coming from someone with 12 years serving experience. There is a certain segment of the population that simply does not tip; mostly from ignorance of the wage that servers earn ($2.13p/h), and of the fact that a percentage of their tips MUST go as tipout to bartenders, bussers, hostesses, and cooks! In my time, I had folks ooh and aggro over the wonderful service, even telling the manager how great I was, and STILL stiff me on the tip! It's extremely frustrating when you know you are doing an excellent job, and people fail to reward you for that. Put it into your own life terms: you'd be furious if you were told to expect a bonus for doing a great job, and then didn't get the bonus even though you did the job as expected, wouldn't you?
Felicia Hunter
5 hours ago ( 2:55 AM)
Im with the server on this one, some people are just down right ignorant when it comes to tipping. My husband is a poker dealer who makes $4 an hour. We live off of tips he gets from players. Theres players who will win 3 thousand dollar pots, and throw you one white chip which ='s $1.
3 hours ago ( 4:36 AM)
ok so.....get a different job
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2 hours ago ( 5:32 AM)
easier said than done, in this day and age, with the economy being as bad as it is, at least he has a job.
Haters have no effect on me. I'm idiot proof.
5 hours ago ( 2:46 AM)
My first thought is, you work at Chili's if you want good tips go to work at a better quality restaurant. My second thought is (and yes I have waited tables) perhaps your service was poor. A better approach would be to get customer feedback to find out why the tip was low not throw a hissy fit.
3 hours ago ( 4:37 AM)