If you've ever worked as a server or anyone else who depends on tips to supplement your wages, then you know how frustrating it can be when customers either under tip or don't tip at all. Servers make less than minimum wage with the assumption that their tips will make up the difference, but Tamlynn Yoder will tell you this isn't always the case.
Yoder, a 25-year-old resident of Lake Park, Florida, learned the hard way that tipping isn't guaranteed, but that you can't just go off about it. Yoder worked at an Outback Steakouse when an order came in from Christ Fellowship church. The church ordered 25 steaks, 25 chickens, and 25 potatoes on a Wednesday morning for pickup.
“We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the car,” Yoder said. “It’s a lot of work just as much as serving.”
The takeout order totaled $735, and when someone from Christ Fellowship came to pick up the order, that's exactly how much money Yoder and her coworkers received. No tip was left, despite spending most of the day preparing the 75-item order. Yoder says she only ended up with $18 in tips for the entire day because Christ Fellowship placed such a large order and didn't leave a gratuity.
“Tips [are] how we make our money, we still make a low wage as servers,” Yoder said.
But even though it's not her fault that the church didn't leave a tip, Yoder was still fired from her position at Outback the next day. That's because it wasn't the lack of tip that got the server fired, it was her complaints about it.