Waitress loses tip over appearance

Posted at 1:48 PM, Mar 17, 2016

(WHO, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A popular waitress at a popular Des Moines, Iowa restaurant closed out one of her table's Tuesday night when she found a note from her patron.

"At first, I felt really upset, I felt attacked, I almost felt like I was back in middle school all over again, like being bullied," Taelor Beeck said. "I felt like a burning anger inside of me."

On a Zombie Burger bill worth $17.26, the tip line was crossed out.

"Tips are only for normal looking people," the patron wrote.

"But I didn't act on it because it's not worth it when someone puts hate out there, you know to respond in a hateful way will do no good," Beeck said.

Beeck describes herself as an individual. She said she was stiffed out of the money that people in the service industry rely on to pay their bills.

Orchestrate Hospitality, the parent company of Zombie Burger, is standing behind its employee.

Beeck says she'll keep flaunting the style that reflects her personality. As for the customer who wrote the note, Beeck has a few words of her own.

"I would tell them to not judge someone based on what they look like," Beeck said. "I mean, I may look like a weirdo but I'm actually a very nice, decent person."

Zombie Burger employees said Beeck is one of the restaurant's most popular waitresses.

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