Woman fired from Outback Steakhouse after complaining that church didn't leave tip


A 25-year-old server who was sacked from a Florida restaurant after she complained on Facebook that a church hadn't tipped her for preparing a large take-out order says she's now been compensated.

Yoder said she spent most of her shift on Wednesday putting together the 75-item order for Christ Fellowship at the Outback where she worked in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

When her friend called the church to complain after reading Yoder's post, the church tried to make it right.

A waitress claims she has been fired for taking to social media to complain when a church group left her no tip on a massive $735 (£416) take-out order.

Upon showing up for her shift the next day, Yoder was told she was sacked - as Outback has a strict policy forbidding workers from posting about customers on social media.

However, Christ Fellowship leaders tried to reach her in the following days, she said.

Members of the group picked up the food and Yoder loaded the $735 meal into a vehicle, she said.

"They told me they understood what was going on".

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"We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the auto", Yoder told the Palm Beach Post.

"The church did give her the tip days later, but Tamlynn is still out of a job".

Cathie Koch, a spokeswoman for Outback Steakhouse, told the Post that it's company policy to not allow employees to post on social media about customers and wouldn't discuss specifics of this incident.

A church representative told Yoder that a couple of the church families came together for the donation. When she got the receipt back, the tip amount was $0, she said.

The lowest pay permitted by law for tipped workers in Florida is $5.23 60 minutes.

Shortly after learning of the situation, Christ Fellowship said their policy is to tip on carry-out orders, but that their volunteer wasn't aware of that. Handing you an order to go isn't service, it's just a purchase.

'Thank you all very much for expressing your concerns, ' the church said in a statement on Facebook.

However, it turned out the volunteer at the church didn't know to tip on a takeaway order. We value our local business partners and those who work in their establishments-many of whom are members of our church-and it is customary for us to leave a generous tip whenever we pick up a carry-out order.

Yoder is looking for a new job and says that she'll stay in the service industry.