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Megachurch Pays Fired Outback Waitress After Not Tipping On $735 Order

Feb 13, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

According to the Miami Herald, a local megachurch finally paid Tamlynn Yoder, a waitress who was fired from Outback Steakhouse for complaining on Facebook about the church not tipping her on a $735 take-out order.

While Yoder did not specify how much the Palm Beach Gardens church, Christ Fellowship, gave her, she reported to the Herald that the compensation totaled “more than 20 percent of the bill.”

“A few church families came together and gave it to me. It was a very heartwarming situation,” she said. She also noted that her former employer has not contacted her since the incident took place.

Why was the tip such a big deal to Yoder? Yoder received just $18 in tips on other orders that day after spending spent most of her shift at the Naples Outback restaurant preparing the church's takeout order, which included 25 steaks, 25 chicken dinners and 25 sides of potatoes, for which she received $0. After venting her frustration on Facebook about taking home less than $20 for a day's work, she was fired for violating company policy and posting about the restaurant’s customers.

Thankfully, the leadership at Christ Fellowship reached out to Yoder in the following days. “They told me they understood what was going on. They told me it wasn’t their intention to not tip me and actually gave me a list of jobs that were hiring,” she said. “They want to help me find a new job.”

Yoder also told the Herald that she had completed several applications at other restaurants in the area and that she hopes to stay in the business and open up her own comfort food restaurant one day.

As for the practice of non-tipping, Yoder plans to stream Facebook Live videos asking her friends and followers to share their non-tipping stories and experiences: “I want people to know that it’s frustrating to do all this work and not getting paid to do all this work."

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