In which it is not “eatin’ good in the neighborhood”

I’ve been waiting tables to save up some money so I could finally go to college, so I could get an education that would qualify me for a job that doesn’t force me to sell my personality for pocket change.

Here’s a detailed, well thought out, and extremely well articulated letter from the Applebee’s waitress who was fired for posting to the internet a photo of a receipt signed by a woman who refused to tip on religious grounds — a woman that the waitress hadn’t even served.

Before reading this letter, I was more upset that Applebee’s seemingly posted and praised a receipt featuring a good review of a server, which also included the customer’s personal information. Since that customer wrote positive words, no one seems to have gotten in trouble, let alone fired. When this surfaced, Applebee’s responded poorly, to say the least, without even acknowledging it.

In the present case, the server who was fired posted the receipt as a joke. She thought it was ludicrous, but in a humorous-ridiculous way. This was not a malicious posting. She was not looking for retaliation. She was posting to a website where people often post photos of other people’s writing — and un-blurred faces — in embarrassing and sometimes disturbing situations, without those people’s permission. She did not include purposely identifying information, or even the last four digits of the credit card number that often show up on receipts. She is a self-described server working an impossibly low-paying job so that she can try to save for college, and she got fired because a woman felt too entitled to tip.

In other instances where a customer was rude and weaseled out of a tip, did those servers get fired over posting the receipt and signature? Not that I know of, but I would love for someone to correct me if I’m wrong here.

I’d say I’m going to stop eating at Applebee’s, but I never go there in the first place.

Link with quote originally seen here.

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