Today in nightmare news from the customer service industry, the internet is enraged after a waitress in Greenville, South Carolina, received the very worst kind of "tip" from customers: unsolicited advice.
Some awful customers at the restaurant where she works left, in place of a cash tip, a long note scribbled on a napkin. It gets worse. In the note, in a deeply misogynist tone, the customers reprimanded their server about her life choices and reminded her "a woman's place is in the home," adding "it even says so in the Bible."
If you can stomach it, the full note reads:
Dear (name omitted,)
The woman's place is in the home. Your place is in the home. It even says so in the Bible. You may think that you're contributing to your household by coming into work, but you're not. While you're in here 'working' this is the reason your husband must see another woman on his way home from a long day at his work. Because you should be home taking care of the household duties, you may think what you are doing 'working' is right, it is really essentially a disgrace to his manhood and to the American family. So instead of coming to your 'job' and looking for handouts to feed your family, how's about going home and cleaning your house and cooking a hot meal for your husband and children, the way your husband and God intended, and help make America great again. Praying for families and our nation.
(Guests' last name)
These people are straight up the worst. Even if they happened to arrive at the restaurant by time machine from the 1950's, they should know that you leave MONEY for your server, not a napkin with words on it.
The server, who wanted to remain anonymous, told WYFF News that the customers were a couple in their mid-50's who had been otherwise friendly to her throughout the meal. So she was shocked to receive this nightmare of a "tip" from them. "I felt mortified, embarrassed, humiliated even," she said. "It is a bit disheartening and discouraging that things like this happen at this day and age."
Luckily her co-worker, Elizabeth Neal, has her back. Neal posted a photo of the note to Facebook along with her own response.
Her (fantastic) response to the note reads:
Dear lovely guest,
You cannot demean a worker that provides a service that you enjoy. Without my coworker, myself, and the countless others females in the service industry, you and others with your same mindset would not enjoy the "excellent service" that we provide. May I ask why you were eating out, instead of eating the nice meal that your wife obviously must have prepared for you at home?
Do you write this lovely note to every female server you have? Every woman who is a single mom supporting her children? Every woman whose husband has passed away and is struggling to make ends meet? Every military wife who is trying to pay bills while her husband is away? And God-forbid, every woman who enjoys working? How dare they, what an outrage! Your server makes $2.13 an hour, and deserved to be paid for the service she provided for you. To someone who comes from a generation that often complains that those younger than him have everything handed to them, you seem awfully entitled.
Sir, you have no idea about the life your server lives. The server you wrote this to, for example, does her job because she enjoys it, does indeed cook dinner for her boyfriend, and keeps her house immaculate. And if she didn't? There would be nothing wrong with it.
So how's about instead of writing demeaning and hurtful notes to your servers in lieu of a tip, you stay at home and save us all from the experience of waiting on you.
A female server who loves her job, and doesn't give a rat's furry behind if you think it's "appropriate" for me to work.
On that note, don't forget to tip your servers! With cash. And if you're reading this and you think a woman's place is "in the home," reminder that it's 2016 and a woman's place is wherever the hell she wants it to be.