Outback Steakhouse. An Outback Steakhouse in Florida. (Shutterstock/Chuck Wagner)
3:44 PM 02/13/2018
A Florida megachurch finally tipped an Outback Steakhouse server who was fired for publicly complaining that they left no tip for a $735 takeout order.
Former Outback Steakhouse employee Tamlynn Yoder said as of Monday that Christ Fellowship reached out to her after the tip fiasco to compensate her and even helped her find a new job, according to the Miami Herald. Outback Steakhouse fired Yoder on Feb. 8 for complaining on Facebook that the church failed to tip her for a $735 order the previous day that she spent most of her shift preparing, according to WPTV.
The church volunteer who picked up the order was not aware of tipping on takeout orders.
“They told me they understood what was going on. They told me it wasn’t their intention to not tip me and actually gave me a list of jobs that were hiring,” Yoder told the Miami Herald. “They want to help me find a new job.”
A friend of Yoder saw her Facebook post about the lack of tip for an order that included 25 steak dinners, 25 chicken dinners, and 25 sides of potatoes and called the church to complain, which prompted church members to contact Yoder to set things right. The church called the Outback Steakhouse where Yoder worked the day after they picked up their order to explain the situation and tried to offer a tip.
The restaurant fired Yoder as soon as she showed up to work, for breaking a social media policy and posting about customers. The church subsequently contacted Yoder directly and compensated her with an unspecified amount.
“A few church families came together and gave it to me. It was a very heartwarming situation,” Yoder said.
Yoder had already applied for positions at several local restaurants as of Monday. She plans to stay in the restaurant industry as she hopes to open a restaurant of her own some day.
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