Arkansas waiter says she was fired after diners left $ 4,400 tip
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Ryan Brandt was one of two waiters waiting for a 40-plus party on Friday at Oven and Tap in Bentonville, Arkansas.
When paying the bill, each guest left a tip of $ 100 for a collective of $ 4,400 for the two waitresses.
“It was an amazing thing to do and to see her reaction was great, to see what it meant to her, the impact it has already had on her life,” recalled one of the guests, Grant Wise.
Wise, who owns a real estate company, said he called the restaurant ahead of time and asked about the tip policy, to make sure all went well.
However, he told sister station PIX11 KNWA that things did not go as planned.
“I was told I was going to give my money to my shift supervisor and earn 20% at home,” Brandt said.
Brandt said the restaurant asked her to share the tip with her co-workers, which she says never happened in the 3.5 years she worked at Oven and Tap.
Wise said pooling tips with those who hadn’t waited for his party was not his intention. He asked the restaurant to return the tip and he gave the money to Brandt outside.
Brandt said after that she was fired, leaving her with no way to cover her bills.
“It was devastating, I borrowed a large amount for student loans. Most of them have been turned off because of the pandemic, but they come back on in January and it’s a harsh reality, ”Brandt said.
Brandt said the restaurant told her she was fired because she broke the policy by telling Wise about the tip pooling.
KNWA asked Oven and Tap if this was true. They declined an interview but provided KNWA with a statement:
“After dinner, this large group of guests requested that their tips be given to two specific servers. We have fully honored their request. Out of respect for our valued team members, we do not discuss the details surrounding the termination of an employee. “
Now, Wise has launched an online fundraising campaign to help Brandt.
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