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Nice to see these tips are real!
From Huff Po:
Restaurant servers have demanding jobs, generally working long hours with low pay and little reward. They often depend on their tips in order to survive.
That's why it's disheartening to see stories like that of Pastor Alois Bell, who wrote on her receipt to her waitress, "I give God 10% why do you get 18."
But 'Tips For Jesus' is on a mission to show the world what Christian generosity is supposed to look like.
Spanning the country from California to Utah, 'Tips For Jesus' has been leaving outrageously generous tips for delighted servers.
People have been wondering about what sparked this incredible show of charity. One commenter speculated, "I feel like what might've started this is other things posted on the internet how people leave no tip or fake tips in 'the lords name'. So to me this feel like a combat something showing that Jesus did say to give to the poor and waiting tables is definitely a hard job which doesn't earn a lot."
Though the person or people behind 'Tips For Jesus' remain anonymous, their ethos is strikingly similar to the words of Justin Lee, who wrote in a blog responding to Pastor Bell's rude note, "Remember, my fellow Christians: Whatever you do, wherever you go, whenever you tip, you are representing Jesus."
However, controversy has arisen surrounding a tip left at a bar in South Bend, Ind., called Legends of Notre Dame that didn't go through. Apparently, American Express and Notre Dame did not clear the $10,000 tip because they were concerned about fraud, reported the South Bend Tribune in November.
The server responded that the issue was with Notre Dame, as it is a university-owned bar. Tips responded, "Notre Dame is stiffing you? Hmmm, let me make sure the charges went through since they claim they did not. If they're lying to you, I can talk to AMEX about it, then you should get a lawyer, and call the local paper and ESPN. What they're doing flys in the face of what Jesus would do." They later posted a photo of the Amex transaction, which was cleared.
Fast-food giants save money by paying their typical workers very little, but they also save money by paying their CEOs millions, thanks to a quirk of the tax code. In both cases, American taxpayers cover the cost.
McDonald’s saved $14 million in taxes over the past two years using a loophole that lets companies deduct the costs of performance-based executive pay, according to a report released Monday by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank. McDonald’s isn’t alone: Over the past two years, the six largest fast-food companies have used the loophole to save an estimated $64 million in taxes, the report found.
Companies of all types can and do take advantage of the performance-pay loophole, but this study focused specifically on fast food. It's at least the second way the industry hits the federal government's budget: Low wages at the nation’s 10 largest fast-food companies -- which typically hover about a dollar above the federal minimum wage -- cost taxpayers $3.8 billion per year, because workers have to rely on government assistance to get by, according to a recent study by the National Employment Law Project.
“(Fast food companies) are a double burden on the taxpayer,” said Sarah Anderson, the author of the IPS report. “We’re trying to expose the disparity here between CEOs’ policies when it comes to worker pay versus the generous subsidies that they’re getting from their own pay.”
McDonald's and other fast-food companies have come under fire in recent months over discrepancies between how they treat executives and typical employees. Labor organizers expect fast-food workers to walk off the job in 100 cities on Thursday, demanding a wage of $15 per hour. The company has also taken heat from advocacy groups over a sample employee budget McDonald's released earlier this year, indicating that a worker would need to take a second job in order to survive on McDonald's wages.
McDonald's recently bought a new $35 million corporate jet, and a petition asking the company to cancel the order "until all of your full-time workers earn enough to live without public assistance" has garnered more than 200,000 signatures.
At the same time workers claim they're struggling, McDonald's CEO pay is being subsidized through a tax loophole that is actually the result of a backfired effort to limit executive pay, according IPS' Anderson. In 1993, Congress capped the amount of pay companies could deduct from their tax bill at $1 million, but lawmakers left a loophole in place that lets companies deduct unlimited amounts of performance-based pay, like stock options and certain types of bonuses, from their tax bill.
“It led to this explosion of huge stock-options grants,” Anderson said. “That reform is really pointed to as one reason why CEO pay has exploded so much in the past couple of decades.”
Indeed, CEO pay has grown 127 times faster than worker pay over the past 30 years, according to a May 2012 report.
Despite the discrepancy between McDonald's CEO Don Thompson's $13.8 million compensation package and the $8.94 hourly average pay for a fast-food worker, Thompson claims the company isn't exploiting its workers.
"We're about providing opportunity," Thompson told Bloomberg earlier this year. "When we can help people to be able to have viable incom
From NBC Miami:
A woman who ate Thanksgiving dinner alone at a Melbourne restaurant left a big surprise for those who worked the holiday shift.
Florida Today reports the woman, who didn't want to be identified, says she needed her spirits lifted last Thursday. The staff at Chart House restaurant apparently did just that.
"They made me feel like a member of the family. They're always great toward me. I just felt like I owed them a lot of gratitude for making my day," she said.
The woman sat at the bar, ordered the $29.95 Thanksgiving dinner and spent three hours at the Chart House.
When she left, bartender Kim Gasperini reached across the dimly lit bar for the check. At first she thought the decimal had been misplaced and the woman had left an $8.35 tip.
But a note scrawled on a napkin instructed Gasperini and the other bartender to each take $50 and split the remainder of the $835 tip between the other employees working Thanksgiving Day. Each worker got about $15.
News of the tip spread quickly among those who spent their holiday working at the restaurant.
Valet George Seguna was outside when he heard about the tip. But he wasn't surprised when he learned who left it.
"She's a very, very giving person," he said. "We're just happy to have her as a regular."
Gasperini, who has tended bar at the Chart House for 23 years, says she serves many regulars at the bar.
"I've had outrageous tips, I have had gifts as tips," she said. "But never the entire restaurant. That's what blew me away. ... People were just dumbfounded."
The big tipper told Florida Today she didn't leave the tip to get praise. "I did it because I am grateful for what I have. I'm very blessed and grateful that they spent their time away from their own families to serve us customers. That's the least I could do."
Reddit: Gonna go kill a vampire with these bad boys.
Reddit: It's just not time to expect more yet, I guess.
Wow, if all of this is ture, it's truly disgusting what she did. And for what purpose? To make money off of it? Did the custys do something to piss her off? And she obvioulsy has no clue how powerful social media and the internet is these days - if you lied in the past or made stuff up, it will catch up to you.
Right after a receipt and credit card statement suggested a NJ server's tale about bigoted customers was a hoax, a local newspaper from her hometown started digging into her past. And now the Journal News reports that Dayna Morales, "has a reputation for lying," according to former colleagues and friends.
People were rallying around Morales and sending her tips after she shared a photograph of a receipt she got back at her work, NJ restaurant Asian Gallop Bistro. The receipt showed no tip, with the note, "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life." But then the family came forward saying that they actually did leave a tip, showing their copy of the receipt and a credit card statement that suggested they were truthful.
According to the Journal News, Morales lied about having cancer, her military service and damage to her home during Hurricane Sandy:
[She told] co-workers she shaved her head because she had brain cancer and later telling them it was her friend who had brain cancer, her colleagues and friends said.
They said she also told co-workers at a day care center where she once worked that Superstorm Sandy severely damaged her home in Stony Point, and sent a boat into her living room. Concerned co-workers dropped by her home and found only minor damage to the carpet by her front door and no sign of a boat, they said...
Morales told people she was a former Marine who was sent to Afghanistan and that everyone in her platoon died in an explosion except her, [a co-worker and a friend] said. The explosion left her with back injuries that required surgery and a couple of months to recover, Larkin said Morales told her employer. But during her time off, Morales posted photos of herself on Facebook enjoying a trip to Florida with a girlfriend, they said.
Though a military spokesman confirmed Morales did serve in the Marines, he added, "There is no indication of combat service in Iraq or Afghanistan" and she didn't fulfill her reserve obligation.
Ex-co-worker Julie Howat told the Journal News, "Every story she comes up with has a lie... Any tragedy that happened, she had to be a part of it. She needed sympathy and empathy." This time, Howat said, "It’s like she’s taking it to a whole other level. Now you’re lying to people to get their money. It’s not even for sympathy now."
When she was confronted by the family's claim that they did tip her, Morales said the handwriting on the receipt wasn't hers. But the Journal News spoke to an ex-girlfriend who said that it looked Morales' writing.
Morales is no longer responding to requests for comment, but the restaurant owners say they're investigating the allegation.
Reddit: My favorite sushi restaurant is in an upscale neighborhood in L.A. They just put this sign up..
From Arkansas Matters:CONWAY, AR -- A server at a Conway restaurant says she was fired after calling police to report a woman drinking alcohol while breastfeeding her child at the same time.
The server called police on 28-year-old Tasha Adams, who was arrested after the incident last Wednesday and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.
It happened at Gusano's Pizzeria off Dave Ward Drive in Conway.
Server Jackie Conners says she watched Adams consume drink after drink, and called police.
"Me being a mom, and just seeing something like that and seeing a baby that can't speak for itself having a parent do something like that is just unacceptable," Conners says.
Just a couple days later, Conners says, she was fired for taking the situation into her own hands.
A manager at Gusano's said the call to police was not the reason she lost her job, but he declined to elaborate.
A police report from last Wednesday says the 7-month-old child was released to family members.
Reddit: My Wendy's has employees that really seem to love their job. There are also more pictures inside to get to know the staff. Side note-they are always quick with your order.
From Live 5 News:
ELKHART, IN (WSBT/CBS) – Many stores and restaurants will be open this year on Thanksgiving Day and an Indiana man says he lost his job because of it.
Tony Rohr says he doesn't think people should have to work on a holiday like Thanksgiving.
Rohr worked at Pizza Hut for more than ten years, but says he was fired recently because he refused to open on Thanksgiving.
Rohr started at Pizza Hut as a cook and worked his way up to being a general manager of the Jackson Boulevard Pizza Hut in Elkhart.
Rohr was told opening on Thanksgiving this year was mandatory, so at a meeting with his superiors he decided to take a stand.
"I said why can't we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they can have the day off," Rohr said.
Rohr says it wasn't about him. It was about his employees.
Rohr told his bosses that he would not open the restaurant he managed on Thanksgiving.
"Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they're closed in the whole year and they're the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families," Rohr said.
Rohr says he was told to sign a letter of resignation, but he refused. Instead, he wrote a letter explaining his position to his boss.
In the letter he wrote "I am not quitting. I do not resign, however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company."
His letter went on to say, "I hope you realize that it's the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible."
Rohr's girlfriend and his family support his actions.
"I was a little shocked," Rohr's girlfriend, Rachel Wible, said. "I kind of thought something would happen, but I wasn't sure. But I'm proud that he did stand up for what he believed in.
Rohr is still unemployed and looking for a new job, but he says it was worth it.
"They're still going to be open," Rohr said. "I'm sure they're still going to sell pizza but I just didn't think it was right."
One of Rohr's bosses claims Rohr quit. He says opening on Thanksgiving wasn't an individual's decision, it was a company decision.
The man also pointed out that Pizza Hut's choice to be open on Thanksgiving is in line with several other national and local stores and restaurants.
Will be interesting to see what happens with the restaurant after their investigation. Who do you think is not telling the truth here?
From NY Post:
A gay server at a New Jersey restaurant who made headlines when she claimed a couple did not tip her because of her lesbian lifestyle may have some explaining to do.
A couple came forward to say they were the ones who Danya Morales waited on at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, and they produced a receipt and credit card statement showing that they in fact did leave a tip – about 20 percent of their bill before taxes, New York’s WNBC-TV reported.
Morales, a former Marine, posted a photo on Facebook that showed a bill with a line drawn through the space for a tip and a hand-written note that said, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”
The Facebook post – since removed, along with most of the rest of her timeline – generated a media firestorm and prompted sympathizers to send donations to Morales, who claimed she would donate some of the cash to The Wounded Warriors project.
But the husband and wife showed NBC 4 a copy of what appeared to be the same receipt – for the same amount at the same time on the same day – that showed them leaving an $18 tip on the $93.55 bill, including tax.
They also produced a credit card statement showing they had been billed for the full amount of the bill plus the tip.
“We’ve never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that,” the wife told the TV station.
The husband even said he didn’t vote for Gov. Chris Christie because he didn’t support gay marriage.
“Never would a message like that come from us,” he told NBC 4.
Morales, meanwhile, was sticking to her story – sort of.
“I don’t know, all I know is what I’ve been saying,” she told the station.
The restaurant said it was aware of the couple’s claim but had no comment.
Morales didn’t immediately respond to a Facebook message left by The Post.