How a waitress was Fired for Not wanting to Share Tips

An interesting story happened in the American city of Bentonville (Arkansas), which eventually became public and got on the Internet. After dinner at the restaurant, one cheerful company left two waitresses a tip of $ 4,400. The management of the institution decided that the money should be divided among all.

How a waitress was Fired for Not wanting to Share Tips

It was like this: members of the $100 Dinners club, organized by Grant Wise, the owner of a real estate company, were having dinner at the Oven and Tap restaurant in Bentonville. There were a lot of people, they were served by Ryan Brandt and another waitress (she later left because she wasn't feeling well, so she's not in the photos).

How a waitress was Fired for Not wanting to Share Tips

Each member of the club left an additional $ 100 tip, this was their agreement - they say, the pandemic hit the service staff hard, let's make our contribution and help the waitresses. At the end of the evening, a check for $4,400 was solemnly handed to Ryan, who had to share this amount with her partner.

Solemnly - that is, with a video that was posted on Instagram, and all the other attributes of the charity event. The woman was moved to tears. She needed the money badly to pay off her student loans.

How a waitress was Fired for Not wanting to Share Tips

Grant Wise claims that he even called the restaurant beforehand to clarify that the waitresses would not have to share this money with anyone, it was just for them.

How a waitress was Fired for Not wanting to Share Tips

However, it didn't work out that way at all. The restaurant managers told the waitress that she could keep only 20 percent of her share, and the rest should be given to the shift supervisor. And he will divide the money among all employees.

I must say that Ryan Brandt has worked in this institution for more than three years and there was no tip sharing there before.

After she told Grant Wise, who handed her the check, that most of the money had been taken from her, he was very unhappy and wrote about it on social networks, properly attaching the restaurant management. And the waitress was fired for "violating policy."

How a waitress was Fired for Not wanting to Share Tips

According to Wise, he tried to contact the owner of the restaurant to resolve this issue, but he failed.

How a waitress was Fired for Not wanting to Share Tips

Wise started a GoFundMe fundraising project for the fired waitress to help her until she finds another job. By the time he closed it, $8,700 had been raised. And the woman already has a new job, too – she was offered a place in another restaurant.

The official reaction from the restaurant nevertheless followed. In an interview with Fox59 , representatives of Oven and Tap said:

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