Waitress Fired After Complaining That Megachurch Did Not Tip On $735 Bill

Tamalyn Yoder was fired from an Outback Steakhouse in Palm Beach, Florida, after complaining about a megachurch’s failure to tip on a $735 takeout bill on Feb. 7.

A member of the Christ fellowship Church said they called in a delivery order, but Outback was running late, so the church sent a volunteer to pick it up. 

Yoder told WPTV what happened next:

When I brought it out and put it in the car and received the payment, there was no gratuity. I got upset. I posted a post on Facebook about the church not leaving a gratuity tip. We live off of tips. If we don’t have that then we have nothing.

A friend of  Yoder’s saw the Facebook post and called Christ Fellowship to complain.

The church claimed that the volunteer didn’t know about its policy to tip on takeout orders.

Yoder added:

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

The church called Outback on Feb. 8 to offer a tip to Yoder, but she was fired later that day because Outback does not allow social media posts about customers.

Yoder countered: 

I feel that we should be allowed to say something especially to big parties that don’t leave anything… they pay the exact amount. I probably would still do it the same way. I wouldn’t change anything…

The church did reach out to me, they are trying to rectify the whole thing. And I thank them.

Christ Fellowship told the Palm Beach Post that their intent “was to find a way to get a tip to the employee and did not desire in any way for punitive action to be taken.”

David Lonsberry, an executive director of business for Christ Fellowship, added: “We did not call the restaurant to have her fired, we wanted to get the situation resolved.”

Yoder is looking for a new waitress job.

(Sources: WPTV, Palm Beach Post)

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