Man takes back tip from waitress after row – and everyone is on his side

The waitress complained about her tip (Image: Getty Images/Tetra images RF)

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Enjoying a meal at a restaurant resulted in humiliation for one man recently.

Not because something awkward happened during the meal but because of an incident with the waitress which put a massive dampener on the evening out.

It was meant to be a pleasant meal at a restaurant, and all was going straightforwardly, until it came to payment.

"I dined in at a local Chinese restaurant with a friend," the anonymous man explained on Reddit.

The man was confronted by the waitress

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"Great food, but almost no interactions were made with any of the waitresses other than being given the food, as you had to reserve your table position online in advance, as well as place your order online once finally seated (due to COVID safety measures).

"The bill came out to be just about $30, and I tipped just a little above 15%, giving $5.

"Our waitress took the bill from our table, paid for in cash, and as we were readying to get up and leave, she returned with the $5 bill we left to cover the tip and in a passive-aggressive tone saying, "Was something wrong with the food? Where's the rest of the tip?"."


The exchange didn't sit well with the man – who was annoyed by her manner.

"I didn't appreciate that we were even approached at all, and I was shocked and confused that an interaction as such even happened, as I recall it being the very first time I was confronted for not tipping enough, as my usual 15% tip suffices in past restaurant experiences," he added.

The man took the money back
(Image: Getty)

"In an act of frustration, I took back the $5 I left as a tip from the bill and walked out of the restaurant with my friend without saying a word, despite the waitress trying to get our attention as we walked away.

"In the moment, we both agreed that it was an insane thing for the waitress to do, acting as if we didn't tip at all.

"The waitress that had confronted us had been someone we had close to almost no contact with the entire time, as she had only been to our table once to give our food, as I had stated above.

"But reflecting on it, we were wondering what should've been done in that situation.

"Ignore her request to tip more and leave the $5 bill as it was or give a larger tip as she asked just to get the situation over with?"

After asking on Reddit if he was in the wrong, he was roundly supported in the comments.

One Redditor pointed out: "15% makes sense, especially when it is easier to throw down a $5 bill (Canadian) to make paying easier.

"Plus, the difference between a 15% tip and 20% tip in your case was a dollar, so I’m not sure how much more she expected?"

A second said: "15% is enough, you gave more. Taking the tip away from an entitled waitress is totally justified."

Another agreed, adding: "Glad you got the 5 back…and she's lucky you didn't get her fired, which she deserved."

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