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​Waitress 'Fired After Complaining When Church Group Left No Tip On Huge Order'

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​Waitress 'Fired After Complaining When Church Group Left No Tip On Huge Order'

A waitress claims she has been fired for taking to social media to complain when a church group left her no tip on a massive $735 (£416) take-out order.

25-year-old Tamlynn Yoder said she spent most of her shift on Wednesday dealing with a particularly large order for Christ Fellowship at the restaurant where she worked in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

"We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the car," Yoder told the Palm Beach Post.

"It's a lot of work just as much as serving."

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Credit: Tamlynn Yoder
Credit: Tamlynn Yoder

Apparently they had ordered 25 steaks, 25 chickens and 25 potatoes - a 75-item order that took up so much of her time that she only made $18 in tips for her entire shift that day.

However, not even any of that came from the church behind the take-out - and Yoder decided to vent on Facebook about Christ Fellowship's lack of tip.

She didn't specify where she worked, but when a friend saw the post he urged her to take it down. He also said that he would contact the church directly to see if he could smooth things out.

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Yoder said she went into work the next day, only to be told that Christ Fellowship has been refunded their entire bill (that's a whopping $735), and that she was fired.

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While opinions vary on tipping with take-out orders, Yoder advises it's a must, as the minimum wage for tipped employees in Florida is $5.23 (£3.78) an hour.

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"Coming in to eat or takeout, you should automatically be wanting to tip 15 per cent," she also told WFLX. "From there you either go up or you go down, based on service."

Credit: Tamlynn Yoder
Credit: Tamlynn Yoder

The church has said that it only contacted the restaurant after hearing from Yoder's friend and wanting to leave her a tip, never intending for her to be fired.

"Thank you all very much for expressing your concerns," the church said in a statement on Facebook.

"We are sorry to hear about this situation and our leaders have been notified about it. We value our local business partners and those who work in their establishments - many of whom are members of our church - and it is customary for us to leave a generous tip whenever we pick up a carry-out order.

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"They will be looking into what happened in this instance. We are reaching out directly to the people affected."

Yoder has since said she's heard from Christ Fellowship, and thanked them for reaching out.

She is, however, now having to look for a new job.

Featured Image Credit: Tamlynn Yoder

Topics: restaurants, US News, tips

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