West Palm Beach Duffy's employee fired for complaining about tip on Facebook
Tania Rogers , WPTV Web Team
7:22 PM, Nov 6, 2013
4:12 PM, Nov 7, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Duffy's Sports Grill server has been the talk of social media after taking to Facebook to complain about a tip he received on a big bill.
The employee posted a picture of the bill on a Facebook page he created called, "Don't [expletive] with servers". The photo showed that the customer left a 10% tip on a $96.91 bill.
He was fired after complaining publicly.
The employee posted a Facebook message confirming that he was let go from his job.
"Even though I was fired I have no resentment towards Duffy's whatsoever. It was a great place to work at and my bosses were great," the former employee wrote.
"I'm not abandoning my page though, I feel it really is important to stress how we make less than minimum wage and even though I love my customers, what I do, and working around people... some people don't understand that when you stiff a server it ends up coming out of our pockets after tips-outs and taxes," the employee said.
The company is investigating the incident and says it has a policy about posting Duffy's-related matters on social media, said Jason Emmett, Senior Vice President of Duffy's Sports Grill.
Dina Rubio owns Don Ramon Restaurant. She has seen how customers sometimes act and said one made it difficult for her servers to bring home an honest wage.
"One guy, somehow I wasn't sure he was going to pay the bill. We fed him, so he gave me a few CDs that he had in his car. He went to his car and got a few stamps."
It's a story that can be laughed about now. But, at the time it wasn't funny.
"They (servers) do work hard, the base pay is not that much. So they really depend on that gratuity and we try to provide as much so that they can use our tools so that they can make their money," Rubio said.