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Another Person Fired for Whining About Not Getting a Tip

This time a food truck worker, who called out the offender directly on Twitter.

http://www.theawl.com/2013/07/millenn...

Not tipping sucks, but reacting to it this way is equally bad form, in my humble opinion...

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  1. I'm of two minds. On the one hand, the tweeter was an idiot to do this. On the other hand, why wasn't the company who employed the non-tipping jerks classy enough to pony up a decent tip and their own apology?

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      1. Jeez, I just contributed to him by clicking on the link.

        1. I don't know about employment law in that jurisdiction but where I am in the world "bringing your employer into disrepute" is cause for dismissal.

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          1. re: Harters

            I seem to recall a bunch of high-roller youngsters in London finance getting canned when their multi-thousand-pound wine bills at lunch were outed.

            1. re: pikawicca

              Correctly so, for being dumb enough to turn their bill in to a $60k a year bookkeeper for approval. I'm amazed by how many well-paid people dodge paying their own small expenses.

              1. re: Veggo

                I'd be willing to wager they were probably very arrogant and insulting to support staff. Staff was probably not very willing to overlook any mistakes, intentional or now.

                Golden rule, treat people like you want to be treated.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  Here's the story from 2002:

                  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1...

                  They probably walked into new jobs the next day - giving them plenty of opportunity to fuck up my country's economy over the next few years.

              2. Everyone involved is an idiot. Including the truck owner setting up that gaming system to garner likes and looking at Instagram pics to judge the food quality.

                1. I have no sympathy for this kid. This wasn't just a tweet, this was a tweet addressed to the company to whom he complained for not tipping him. The @ meant it would be read, and that it could come up on the feeds of all those who follow and deal with the company.

                  And tipping, as I understand, is still voluntary, even if the custom dictates that all service workers in the US receive a tip.

                  My feeling is that this is an employee who works with as much powerful entitlement as he lacks in judgement. As Harters notes, making one's employer/company look bad rarely results in anything good AND if he had actually had concerns about this, I think he should have approached the company about making a mandatory service charge for large orders that amount to catering and risk putting out their returning individual customers. (Although how a tip would somehow improve their lengthy waits is not entirely clear.)

                  This didn't become an issue because social media from employees was monitored. This became an issue because the employee ultimately complained to the company of the nontipping employees in an ugly and public way.

                  Moreover, it's not even clear that the monitoring of social media for mentions of the food truck was ever a factor in a person losing their job. This was a matter of looking for good reports, and rewarding those who received a lot of good reports-- not punishing those who received the bad ones. (Admittedly, I may have missed something here, so I'd be happy to hear clarifications on this initiative. I concede that this kind of thing can cause stress, to be sure, but I'm not sure how it links to his somewhat sprawling argument.)

                  I am sympathetic in that immaterial labour and branding continue to have such an effect on workers lives. I spent much of my time thinking about and working on that subject, so it comes as an utter shock to me when I should read a story and get poised for more outrage only to feel like I'm reading the whinings of a twat and not the use of social media for advocacy. He may have a point that worthy in there somewhere, and there is no question that my tendencies ally me with the precariat. But he is not representing collective interests, only his own.