- Ryan Brandt, a server at a restaurant in Arkansas, got a hefty $4,400 tip to split with another server, then was fired for not handing it over to the shift manager.
- “Everybody at this table has contributed $100 for you and for the other waitress,” the diner announced at the restaurant. “So we are tipping a total of $4,400 for you to split with the other girl who took care of us.”
- She finally got her tip outside — away from her bosses — but was fired within days anyway. “Oven & Tap doesn’t deliver terminations lightly,” the restaurant stated.
“A waitress in Arkansas has been fired after what was meant to be an inspiring act of kindness turned sour.
Ryan Brandt, a server at the Oven & Tap restaurant in Bentonville, received a $4,400 (£3,300) tip to split with another waitress earlier this month, KNWA reported.
The generous customers were 44 real estate executives from around the country who were meeting for a conference that night, and each decided to pitch in $100 (£75) for the service. Grant Wise, president of the local real estate company Witly, surprised Ms Brandt with the tip at the end of the meal.
“Everybody at this table has contributed $100 for you and for the other waitress,” Mr Wise announced in a speech to the restaurant, which he posted on Instagram. “So we are tipping a total of $4,400 for you to split with the other girl who took care of us.”
The table then burst into raucous applause, and Ms Brandt burst into tears.
“It was an incredible thing to be able to do,” Mr Wise later told KNWA, “and to see the server’s reaction and to know what that meant for her and the impact it’s had on her life already…”
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