Arkansas Waitress Gets A $4,000 Tip – She Was Fired Over It

Arkansas Waitress Gets A $4,000 Tip – She Was Fired Over It

An Arkansas waitress was fired after getting a $4,400 tip — which her manager then made her split with other staffers.  The huge tip came on Dec. 6, when Ryan Brandt and another server worked a party of more than 40 at Oven and Tap in Bentonville.  Each diner had chipped in $100 in tip money — believing the total would go to both servers.  “We knew servers really hit hard through COVID, and it was something that we had come up with to help give back,” Grant Wise, who dined at the restaurant following a conference in town, told a local TV station.  But the restaurant’s manager told Brandt to pool the tip with her co-workers who didn’t serve the large party, in an arrangement she said was unprecedented in her more than three years working there.  “I was told that I was going to be giving my cash over to my shift manager, and I would be taking home 20 percent,” Brandt said.  When Wise, who owns a real estate company called Witly, found out, he demanded the restaurant return the tip money — then turned over $2,200 directly to Brandt.

Brandt was fired the next day.  In a statement, Oven and Tap said Brandt was fired for reasons unrelated to the tipping incident and that it “fully honoured” the generous tippers’ requests to reward the two servers at their party.  “After dining, this large group of guests requested that their gratuity be given to two particular servers. We fully honored their request,” read the statement provided to local outlets.  “Out of respect for our highly valued team members, we do not discuss the details surrounding the termination of an employee.”  In response, Wise started a GoFundMe page for Brandt; it has raised $8,732 as of yesterday morning.

Photo Credit: Stock image – free use – Photographer not unidentified

 

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