Waitress Fired For Facebook Post Complaining About Bad Tippers

Famous Dave's workers made a nasty slam that got them fired.

A waitress at a Famous Dave's BBQ restaurant in Bismarck, ND set off an online firestorm and lost her job after she allegedly posted a picture that implied Native Americans are bad tippers. No doubt her timing was off; she posted it during the United Tribes International Powwow held in the city, according to a report by the Bismarck Tribune.

It also didn't help that the founder of the chain -- which has outlets all over the country -- is Native American.

In the photo posted to Facebook, the waitress is wearing a Famous Dave's shirt and standing in a restaurant kitchen; she is holding a cardboard sign that reads:

Spare Change? Help I'm a server at Famous Dave's on Pow Wow weekend! Anything helps! 5¢ 10¢! Its more than my tips <sic>

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Two employees were fired -- the waitress shown in the Famous Dave's picture and the one who took photo, according to the Bismark Tribune report.



The employees weren't identified, but the chain's founder Miigwetch "Famous Dave" Anderson, said in a statement on the Last Real Indian's Facebook page that the waitress in the picture was "very, very remorseful" and that she didn't understand how the picture might be seen as disrespectful. He is Choctaw and Ojibwe, according to Indian Country Today, and a former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior.

Mike Wright, owner of the Famous Dave's Bismarck franchise and the employees' boss, also posted a statement, which read, in part:

When an employee decides to make an ass of him or herself they can now do it for all to see. Sadly, for reasons unkown to me, often times bitter employees also try to embarass the employers and taint the businesses where they work. Clearly a recent post by a now former employee fits this description.


It isn't clear where the image first appeared, but it was copied to multiple places on Facebook, including the Last Real Indians page and the Famous Dave page, according to the Indian Country Today Media Network.

That post (which appears to have been deleted) suggested Natives boycott the restaurant and sparked hundreds of comments from angered American Indians.


To many, the juxtaposition of a comment about tipping and the explicit reference to the International Powwow suggested that Native Americans are as a class poor tippers. As the Bismarck Tribune reports, the Powwow weekend results in $2 million spent at local businesses, according to the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The original posting of the image on the Famous Dave's page "caused an immediate intense, visceral, and vulgar, set of reactions from both sides of the issue," according to the Last Real Indian's post on Anderson's apology.

It got ugly: people making threats at each other, potential threats directed at the waitress, using misogynistic terms and views, using racist terms against each other, you name it, it was said and we deleted those comments and banned every single perpetrator regardless of race or classification...


Food service and restaurant workers have been fired before for complaining about tips. There was also the Applebee's waitress fired for the appearance of a credit card receipt allegedly from a pastor with a party of 20 who left no tip. The image supposedly wasn't even posted by the waitress who served the table, but someone else at the restaurant.

Two employees at a Thai-Japanese restaurant in Delaware lost their jobs for posting photos of credit card receipts and racial slurs on Instagram. And there was the New York City food truck worker who lost his job over shaming non-tippers on Twitter.

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arthurfox6

What ever happened to common sense. Think before you put your stupid thoughts on Social Media.

February 05 2014 at 8:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pbjclv

From a personal standpoint I like poor tippers. Where ever I go they make me look good, because I know how to tip. I live in Las Vegas and know how the system works. In showrooms, restraunts, and clubs, the stiffs are at the back of the line, while I am enjoying myself. Valet parking is the best. While everyone is still standing in line, I'm already home.

February 04 2014 at 11:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jwells1008

Based on her intelligence she has a bleak future.

February 04 2014 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grant.holland

The point here is stop living your life on social media. Never put anything online you don't want your boss, current or future to know. This is not a story about tipping.

February 04 2014 at 6:39 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
mantodea23

I think that we should take away the whole tipping expectation. Waiters/ waitresses should be paid a normal wage and not expect tips. It isnt fair many times that they bust their ass and put up with rude arrogant people all day just to be treated poorly and not get compensated well for it. I am in no way siding with this waitress. She was tactless. I personally could never be a server. To put up with so many difficult people and not get paid well for it is too much for me.

November 13 2013 at 7:34 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lecalabro

Here goes---It has been rumored for some time that African Americans are very low tippers. Not all of them individually, of course--but as a group. Some sort of payback for the mistreatment they have endured for a long time??

October 05 2013 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
buknekkid

Just think if SHE had any skills she could get a meaningful job.

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September 17 2013 at 7:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Hey, if she's right, she's right. She needs to work for a restaurant that has clientele that tip well. This says more about the employer and indian customers than it does about her. Eff political correctness. Good for her for calling it like it is.

September 17 2013 at 1:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
lordgreystoke422

I think she needs to get an attorney and sue the ever living **** out of the owner of the restaurant she worked at for the statements HE made SPECIFICALLY about her.

September 13 2013 at 4:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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