Woman fired for complaining about $735 takeout order

Alex Eriksen

A woman has lost her job after complaining about not getting a tip on social media.

Tamlynn Yoder, from Florida took to Facebook to complain after Christ Fellowship Church placed a $735 takeout order at Outback Steakhouse but they didn’t leave any gratuity for the order.

“We take the order over the phone, we put the order together, take payment and then take order to the car,” 25-year-old Yoder told the Palm Beach Post.

A woman claims she was fired because she complained about a customer not leaving a tip. Photo: GoFundMe

“It’s a lot of work just as much as serving.”

Yoder took to Facebook in frustration and called out Christ Church for not leaving a tip, but didn’t mention where she worked.

A friend of Yoder’s told her to delete the post and that he would call the church about the tip.

However, when Yoder came into work the next day, she was told that the church had been given a full refund and that she was fired.

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.

“We did not call the restaurant to have her fired; we wanted to get the situation resolved,” said David Lonsberry, an executive director of business for Christ Fellowship, in an interview with the Post.

Tamlynn Yoder, from Florida took to Facebook to complain after Christ Fellowship Church placed a $735 takeout order at Outback Steakhouse but they didn’t leave any gratuity for the order. Photo: Getty Images

Lonsberry went on to say that the person they sent to pick up the food didn’t realise that a tip is customary on takeout orders.

“He probably didn’t know to tip since it was a rush of the moment thing,” said Lonsberry.

The volunteer was sent because Outback’s delivery service was delayed.

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

A GoFundMe page has been set up in the hope of raising $6,000 for Yoder so she can ‘get back on her feet’.

“Just a few days before all this, she totaled her car, was in the hospital due to blood clots in her lungs from birth control, and has to be out of her apartment. by March first,” the page reads.

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

The page has so far raised $20 out of the $6,000 target.

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