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If you watch the mainstream media’s sad excuse for what they consider to be news it’s easy to get discouraged and lose faith in humanity.

But let me assure you that there are still many good people out there they just don’t make the news normally because that’s not what sells in today’s world. If it’s not negative and doesn’t make you angry or scared then you can’t expect the media outlets to report on it.

This is going to be a little mix of both. It starts out good, then turns bad, but thankfully there is a happy ending.

A business owner by the name of Grant Wise had a large party or people who came to a restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas and with such a large party decided to leave a very generous tip for the two waitresses who attended to them during the duration of their visit.

Each of the diners chipped in and left $100 each to tip the two servers and they were very grateful for their kindness. If that was the end of the story it would be great, but it’s not.

What happened was that the restaurant took 60% of the tip and let the two servers each have only 20% of it.

The man who was responsible for the tip contacted the restaurant and demanded that they give her the entirety of her tip.

But that’s not where the story ends either. The day after one of the servers got her money, she was fired after 3 1/2 years of employment.

The restaurant issued the following statement regarding the incident:

“After dining, this large group of guests requested that their gratuity be given to two particular servers. We fully honored their request. Out of respect for our highly valued team members, we do not discuss the details surrounding the termination of an employee.”

“We commend the organization that dined with us and generously gave to our staff. They have an absolute right to tip whoever they want, and we honored that request.

Oven & Tap doesn’t deliver terminations lightly. Because we value our employees and highly respect their privacy, we never discuss personnel issues. The server who was terminated several days after the group dined with us was not let go because she chose to keep the tip money. The other two servers who received generous tips that evening from the Witly organization – including one who also received $2,200 – are still members of our team.

Oven & Tap has always been committed to providing fair and quality compensation to all members of our restaurant team. We recognize and regret that a recent incident in our restaurant could have been handled differently by reminding our team how we would be splitting any tips prior to the event, however, our policy has always been to participate in a tip pool/share with the staff. Tip sharing is a common restaurant industry practice that we follow to ensure all of our team members are adequately compensated for their hard work.”

I believe I’m going to call them out on this one, because I’m not buying it. But you know one thing I’d be willing to bet is that this restaurant is run by liberal socialists. The group asked specifically to tip these two individuals and the restaurant approved it, yet they stole 80% of the tip and gave it to everyone else or kept it for themselves? That’s terrible.

Well, the jokes on them and Ryan Brandt is getting the last laugh because a GoFundMe was created for her after the incident by the man who left the big tip.

The account was quickly disabled after more than $8,000 was raised. We also learned that Ryan Brandt was able to find new employment at a better restaurant that treats its employees better.


Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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