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A grateful guest gives the waitress a $10,000 tip, but then her problems begin |  strange

A grateful guest gives the waitress a $10,000 tip, but then her problems begin | strange

It's (secretly) everyone's dream: to one day get a big, fat tip that you can use to buy—say—a nice car. For an American waitress, that dream became a reality earlier this month, after a guest left an envelope in the restaurant containing 10,000 dollars (about 9,250 euros). traditional I feel good-A story with only winners, you might say. Until things took an unpleasant turn.

The story revolves around Lynsey Huff, a young divorced mother who has been working as a waitress in a café in Benton Harbor, Michigan, for years. On Monday, February 5 — her work week has just begun — she serves a middle-aged man at the Mason Jar Cafe who has just come from a funeral and could use some distraction. He says he is very sad and wants to do something special in memory of his deceased friend. He came up with the idea of ​​giving Linsey a tip of at least $10,000. The man said, according to local media, that she cannot keep this money herself, but must divide it among her colleagues.

Completely confused, Lynsey returned to the kitchen and shared the happy news with the other waitresses. They divide the money among themselves, and each of them has about $1,200 (1,110 euros). One of Hof's colleagues later told local TV news station WNDU that everyone on the wait staff was “going through something in their life.” So “this amount helps us all greatly.”

“I don't want trouble”

The state of euphoria and joy that prevails in the café changes completely after a few days. The kitchen staff hears about this issue and feels left out. Angrily, they ask Lynsey to explain why no one thought of them? She indicates that she will discuss the matter with her managers. That conversation came back to her like a rebound: The managers do not want negativity after this nice story, and are demanding the names of the objectors, the British newspaper “The Guardian” wrote, citing Lynsey’s lawyer.

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Lynsey refuses to give names “because she doesn't want to create a bigger problem.” She hopes to get support to remove resentment among her colleagues. Her lawyer says the managers' response was relentless and they immediately fired Lynsey for refusing to work. The waitress writes her grief on social media. “For one week, I became a great, hard-working employee. Now I'm out of work for the first time since I was 15.


In a statement on Facebook, the owners of the Mason Jar Café denied that the tip issue played a role in the dismissal incident. “This was a decision we did not make hastily or lightly,” she added. No specific reason for the dismissal was given. “We really care about our employees,” he continues. “We are doing our best not to lose any employees.” According to management, the Mason Jar team will be very close and will consist of the same people for years.

Lynsey stated that there was no truth to her former employer's story. In fact, she felt compelled to hire a lawyer because her managers threatened to file a civil suit if she didn't stop discussing her dismissal on social media, her lawyer told The Guardian. “They told her they were going to sue her and ask for money. She laughed and said, 'Good luck, I'm a waitress. I don't have property or anything.'

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According to the lawyer, the matter should not have reached this point. “Because of her generosity and sharing this advice — at the request of the person who was so generous — she lost her job.” Mason Jar Cafe did not comment further on this matter. “We cannot comment on the nature of her job loss due to employment law and to protect the employees involved,” the statement read.

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