This Waitress's Open Letter For Woman Who Didn't Tip Her Is A Must Read
Your epic burn of the the day comes courtesy of this server's letter to a customer who didn't tip. The server in question is Jessica Morris, a waitress at a restaurant in Ohio. Her story goes something like this: she was serving a newlywed couple and their couple friends. It's of note that Jessica is a newlywed herself, and that her husband is a waiter at the same restaurant. Jessica conveyed this information to the couple she was serving. Being a waitress working for tips, Jessica was personable and joked around with her four customers. At the end of the meal, the wife of the newlywed customers left Jessica a note accusing her of flirting with the husband — and zero tip.
There are more great details than that in Jessica's retelling, but it really begs a question about the way women are conditioned to see one another as a threat. I mean, I would be annoyed if a server wasn't joking around/being jovial/nice/smiling when my boyfriend and I go out to dinner. That's the point of going out to dinner. If I wanted a surly, disengaged person to serve me my meal I'd just order take out. The jealous wife is known only as "Jenny," and it seems like maybe she either needs to reflect on her relationship, or invest some time in personal growth. Here's the sh*tty check Jenny left for Jessica:
Jessica posted the receipt and the following letter to her Facebook — while it does a little bit lose the point when she compares her husband to the other woman's, every person who has ever worked for tips will be able to relate to her frustration. (GIFs chosen by me for dramatic effect.)
"*WARNING LONG READ AHEAD, BUT IT'S A GOOD ONE AND A PSA FROM ALL SERVERS*
I don't typically talk about work this way, but this needs to be shown/addressed. Mainly because it's hysterical but partially because I'm offended lol
Anywho, today I had a table of 4 come in. Two couples. The one told me they were there to celebrate part of their honeymoon, which I replied "oh I just got married last month, congratulations." I assumed they heard me, and we proceeded with the whole "what can I get you" yada yada yada.
Well, as anyone SHOULD know, waitressing is a personable job. To make money you have to be nice, and show you personality. As all of you should know, since you know me, I'm a personable, sarcastic a**hole in the nicest way possible. So of course I let that shine in my job, and at EVERY table.
So, this lady (Jenny) and her husband place their order and she asks me what my name is. I tell her "Jessica" she responds with, "oh, we don't really like that name. Can we call you Jess" and I laughed and said "yeah, you can call me anything you want. I'll even respond with a**hole." In which her husband laughs and proceeds to call me that throughout the whole experience we had as server and guests.
I assumed everything was fine, because they were laughing and having a good time. Well I cash out their check, tell them have a good night and to come back. When I come back from singing "happy birthday" to another guest, the couple and company have left, and on one ticket they tipped me $4, well Jenny decided I did not deserve a monetary tip, so she wrote me a nice note, with a $0 tip saying "he's my husband, find your own. Good luck. :) "
And I want to add, Jenny stole my one pen, which she knew was my last because I had apologized that I only had the one to share between the two tickets at the table.
So, Dear Jenny,
I would like you to know, the server that was in the section across from mine, that I kept talking to and checking on throughout the time of you sitting at my table IS MY HUSBAND. Which I found on my own, and looks better than yours. Also, I would like you to know that I'm sorry MY HUSBAND treated me to a cruise for my honeymoon and not a restaurant. As well as, MY HUSBAND would never let me feel so insecure that I would feel the need to write such a terrible note to a server and make them feel the way you have.
So Jenny, here's a life tip for you from me, your insecurity as a woman is heartbreaking. Have pride in yourself and your relationship with YOUR husband to where you don't need to put another down to bring yourself up. Especially a server who lives off her tips and needs them to help her husband pay bills. Also, Jenny, I hope you like the pen, because it's my present to you. One NEWLYWED to another.
P.S - my husband said you can sit in his section next time that way you won't have to be so worried about your husband "flirting" with a server :). Maybe you'll see his ring a little better than you saw mine.
The woman you offended by thinking so lowly of, that I would attempt to flirt with a man who is with his wife.”
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