Don’t Blame a Florida Church for This Waitress Losing Her Job

If you read the headlines for this story, you’d think it’s about church members who don’t tip. (There’s a whole genre of blog posts dealing with that subject.) But if you read more than that, you’d realize that’s not really what this is all about.

The short version is that Outback Steakhouse server Tamalyn Yoder was fired for complaining on Facebook after a Christian megachurch ordered hundreds of dollars worth of food, then didn’t tip her. Company policy says you can’t complain about customers on social media. She broke the rule, so she lost her job.

But even the church says that the lack of a tip was more of an accident than some attempt at stiffing the service staff or making a statement about working on a Sunday.

Christ Fellowship church in Palm Beach, Florida was hosting a conference and ordered the Outback food ahead of time, but the person tasked with picking it up was late, so they sent a volunteer. For whatever reason — maybe the person assumed everything, including tip, was already covered — he didn’t add the gratuity.

The church had nothing bad to say about Yoder and seem genuinely upset that their actions led to her firing, even if it was unintentional. Give them credit. They attempted to undo time.

Trying to make it right, the church called Outback Thursday to offer a tip to the stiffed waitress. When Tamalyn showed up to work later that day she was fired. Outback’s policy does not allow social media posts about customers.

“I feel that we should be allowed to say something especially to big parties that don’t leave anything…they pay the exact amount. I probably would still do it the same way. I wouldn’t change anything,” Yoder said about the post and subsequent firing. She wanted to raise awareness about parties that don’t tip.

Christ Fellowship says it never intended for anyone to lose their job.

“The church did reach out to me, they are trying to rectify the whole thing. And I thank them,” Tamalyn said.

You can blame Outback’s rigid policy. Or the waitress for posting her frustrations online. Or the church for its mistake. But this is not a typical “Christians didn’t tip” story. It sounds very much like the church would’ve tipped the right amount if they caught the mistake and this didn’t blow up into a big story.

(Thanks to everyone for the link)

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