This racist Facebook post has since been taken down, but the damage has been done. A server at Montego's Cafe' and Bar was fired from her job after posting these images on her social media account and then commenting: "The is why no one wants to wait on black people."
I've seen a few of these "no tip" posts from servers (although not with racial overtones) and I've always had the same question: How do we know that the people signing the bill didn't leave a tip? When I heard this story, my first thought was that they probably left a CASH tip and someone grabbed it off the table. In fact, I just left a cash tip on Saturday night, and I wonder if someone had started publicizing my receipt on social media to claim I didn't leave a tip? As a semi-public figure, that would be potentially damaging to my reputation.
Some good lessons:
- Rather than writing "-0-" on the tip line when leaving cash, simply write "cash."
- I've lately started to worry more that a tip might be taken by someone else. Could be another employee, or another diner. If you're leaving a cash tip, it may be better to hand it to your server directly. (Kinda sad we have to worry about these things, but there you go).
- Don't post on social media until you've had a chance to think about it first. This post cost a server her job.
- Finally, racism is ugly. If this is your attitude, maybe this isn't the right job for you.
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