A Michigan waitress who was fired after receiving a $10,000 tip refused to complain that her co-workers were complaining about not getting a cut.
Linsey Boyd was fired from the Mason Jar Café in Benton Harbor despite generously sharing money with eight other co-workers.
Boyd said in a now-deleted Facebook post that the drama occurred after an anonymous customer left the $10,000 tip to honor a recently deceased friend.
Boyd collected the tip on a $32.43 bill, leaving the wait staff with about $1,200 each, leaving the kitchen staff feeling snubbed.
Boyd approached management to help defuse the situation, but his bosses wanted to know who was directly causing the problems.
Linsey Boyd was fired from the Mason Jar Cafe in Benton Harbor despite generously sharing money with eight other co-workers.
The middle-aged man who left the tip did not want to be identified, but said he was in town to attend the funeral and intended to spread some joy through the generous tip.
Boyd was fired from the Mason Jar Cafe in Benton Harbor after the tip.
speaking to The Guardian, Boyd’s attorney, Jennifer McManus, told the outlet that Boyd said, “I’m not going to give any of their names because I don’t want to create a bigger problem.” I’d just like some help figuring this out.’
McManus told the outlet that his client was fired due to her unwillingness to reveal the identities of her angry coworkers.
Boyd said in a now-deleted Facebook post that the drama ensued after the anonymous customer left the $10,000 tip to honor a recently deceased friend.
The middle-aged man in a dark suit wished not to be identified, but said he was in town for the funeral and intended to spread some joy through the generous tip, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I just gave him a hug. At that moment she didn’t even know her name, but I gave her a hug. “Then he told me that he had left a memory of someone very dear to him and that he wanted to do something kind and generous in his name,” Boyd said. WSBT.
What was supposed to be an upbeat story has taken a negative turn, as Boyd revealed in his viral post that he lost his job due to “all the drama, animosity, and pain” the huge information sparked.
Boyd then allegedly received a phone call from a manager at the restaurant, telling him that his workplace had hired lawyers to file a lawsuit against him unless he deleted his Facebook post.
McManus told The Guardian that this was enough for her to delete the post, and the restaurant also threatened her “for all her assets.”
Restaurant owners Able Martinez and Jayme Cousins (pictured) said “labor laws” limited what they could share about Boyd’s firing.
McManus added: “She chuckled. [at that] and said, ‘Well, good luck, I’m a waitress.’ There is no farm here.
The restaurant’s owners, Able Martinez and Jayme Cousins, said “labor laws” limited what they could share, but claimed Boyd’s firing had nothing to do with the $10,000 tip.
“We cannot comment on the nature of your job loss due to employment laws and to protect the staff involved,” the couple wrote in a Facebook post.
‘However, I will say that it had nothing to do with the tip. She received the full tip, she didn’t pay taxes (the business did). Yes, she shared the tip at the request of the man who left her,’ they continued.
But Boyd offered his side of the story, saying he was asked to take a mental health day while a “drama” unfolded inside the restaurant over the tip.
“Drama ensued and in an attempt to diffuse the situation and resolve the rumors, things got even worse,” he wrote.
“Staff who were not working on the day of the $10,000 tip expected it to be reduced and it created an extremely dramatic work environment,” one post reads.
Restaurant owners Able Martinez and Jayme Cousins said ‘labor laws’ limited what they could share, but claimed Boyd’s firing had nothing to do with the $10,000 tip.
Boyd offered his side of the story, saying he was asked to take the mental health day while a “drama” unfolded inside the restaurant over the tip.
According to Boyd, management asked him to take another day off “to let things calm down” and did not respond to his text message asking if he had been told “in a professional manner not to come back.”
Boyd was fired via phone call, marking the first time since she was 15 that she has been out of work.
The restaurant’s owners have since refuted Boyd’s claims, but declined to go into detail about why she was fired.
“I know there’s a lot of things that say we let her go because of the complaint and that’s just not logical,” Cousins said. WOOD-TV.
“We have a staff that has continued to work for us for years and college students that come back every summer and we give opportunity after opportunity to our staff, so clearly we wouldn’t let anyone go for no reason.”
The owners wrote on social media that this was a purely business decision and emphasized that such decisions are not “made lightly or hastily.”
“We donate to them for college funds, we keep them employed during Covid, we do everything in our power to not lose staff,” the owners wrote.