Server Gets Fired After Exposing Restaurant For Making Her Pool $4,400 Tip

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An Arkansas waitress had her joy turned to devastation after she was fired from her job following a bit of controversy surrounding a generous tip from a 44-person party she served at the Oven and Tap restaurant in Bentonville.

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The patrons rewarded Ryan Brandt and another server who attended to the large table by leaving $100 tips each, totaling $4,400 for the pair, as part of their “$100 dinner club” tradition to pass their fortune onto those who have less.

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“We knew servers really hit hard through COVID and it was something that (a friend) had come up with to help give back,” Wise told local news.

One of the patrons filmed Wise announcing the club’s tipping policy with Brandt at his side, capturing her emotional reaction to the news. The other waitress had gone home early due to not feeling well, but was still meant to get half the tip money.

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However, management asked Brandt to pool the tip, spreading it out to the rest of the staff, which Brandt says is not restaurant policy and she’s never been asked to do this before.

It seems that she agreed, but the founder of the club, Grant Wise, was not pleased about this when he found out, having called the restaurant ahead of time to confirm that tip pooling was indeed not their policy. He asked for the tip money back and handed it to Brandt personally outside of the establishment.

When the restaurant management found out about this, they fired Brandt, claiming that telling Wise about the apparently unprecedented tip pooling went against company policy. Oven and Tap refused to discuss the reason for the firing when contacted by media, but Brandt says this was the reasoning given to her by her former employer.

Brandt was understandably devastated by this, citing the imminent resuming of student loan payments coming at the end of January 2022.

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“It was devastating, I borrowed a significant amount for student loans,” she said. “Most of them were turned off because of the pandemic but they’re turning back on in January and that’s a harsh reality.”

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Wise, as well as many viewers of the viral Instagram video, was not pleased to learn of this development. The restaurant has already disabled its Facebook account as people began to flood the page and other sites with negative reviews, citing this strange and unexplained firing following a beautiful act of charity. Wise, meanwhile, has started a GoFundMe campaign to help Brandt survive until she can find another job.

“I’m so saddened to hear that the girl we tipped the other night at our $100 Dinner Club has been fired from her job,” he wrote on Facebook. “I don’t fully understand why this would happen to what seems like such a sweet and kind-hearted woman. Nonetheless, I’m committed to showing her that there are great people in the world that will do good when they can!”

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In an ultimately happy ending to this tale, the GoFundMe page announced Thursday that Brandt was offered a new job at another local restaurant and has already started working there. The campaign is still up and has reached nearly $5000 of its $6000 goal.