No one can deny that tipping is a crucial part of American restaurant culture, even though there is a lot of debate regarding how much to give your server.
I’ve always been told to give the wait staff a tip. Unfortunately, that is how things are done, even though I don’t believe businesses should be allowed to get away with underpaying their employees and blaming the victims instead of themselves. The livelihood of many waiters and waitresses depends on tips.
However, we can all agree that most servers merit the tips they receive. Since they work so hard to ensure customer satisfaction in 99 percent of cases, any more money should be their legal property.
However, rumors exist that one waitress at the Oven & Tap in Arkansas was let go after receiving a sizable tip from a table she was serving.
When Ryan Brandt received a $4,400 gift from a table of business executives in 2021, she was speechless. However, any happiness was quickly replaced with disappointment when the Oven & Tap restaurant gave her her marching orders shortly after.
Rebecca Soto, one of the executives at the in-issue table, posted a video clip to Instagram to capture the moment Brandt received her for her efforts in the form of a substantial bundle of cash.
“I’m humbled to have been part of something so beautiful and generous,” Soto wrote in the caption of the touching video.
“Since I’ve been fortunate, blessing someone else in return is fantastic.”
God bless everyone who gave and the servers who got it. I hope it spreads and has a positive effect on their lives.
Grant Wise (seen below), the show’s presenter, is seen in the video handing Ryan the money and saying, “Everyone at this table has given or tipped $100 for you and for the other waitress, who regrettably had to go home because she wasn’t feeling well.”
“Then we shared it on our social media platforms, and much more money was sent in. Therefore, we are giving you a total tip of $4,400 to split with the other girl who looked after us.”
Ryan thanked Grant and the table in floods of joyful tears, but the story had a sting she hadn’t anticipated.
“I was told that I was going to give my cash over to my shift manager, and I would take home 20%,” the server told KNWA News.
She said she had worked at Oven & Tap for over three years and had never been instructed to turn in her tips.
When Grant Wise learned of the predicament, he demanded the money back. He returned it to Ryan outside the restaurant to ensure that the proper people received his initial gift.
But when Ryan returned to her workplace, she was no longer employed because she accepted the payment.
“It was devastating.”
Wise and his sympathetic coworkers launched Ryan’s GoFundMe page, which quickly accumulated $8,700.
In the meantime, Oven & Tap made a statement regarding the situation in which they insisted that they had “honored” Wise’s table’s request that the tips go to Ryan and her associate.
The restaurant reported that many customers asked for two specific servers to receive their tips after the meal.
“We granted their request in full. We won’t reveal the specifics of an employee’s termination out of respect for our cherished team members.”
I don’t know about you, but if this institution tried to seize Ryan’s tip money, I think there’s something very strange going on.
What do you think about the situation? Please share your thoughts on this and the tipping culture in general in the comments section.