A Waitress Got a $0 Tip. Here’s the Open Letter She Wrote to the Customer That’s Going Viral

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
April 4, 2016 Updated: November 16, 2017

A waitress recently got a $0 tip—on a $187 bil—and decided to post an open letter on Facebook slamming the customer.

Taylar Cordova, 20, a server at P.F. Chang’s in Tampa, wrote:

“This. This is the reason I work so much. This is why I cry in the shower. I STRUGGLE to put clothes on my daughter’s back and food in our bellies because of THIS.

“You, are the lowest of the low. Whenever you feel like it’s probably fine to not tip your server, that’s one more bill stacking up because they’re short on money. This is food for the week that our families will go without because you didn’t think it was necessary, even after asking for everything under the sun and receiving it free of charge, mind you.

“This is one less basic necessity my daughter needs because even TWO more dollars is too much for you. Every decision has a consequence. Servers are paid a base pay of $2-5/hr depending on the employer, so next time you don’t want to tip, regardless of the situation prior to receiving your bill, think about how much you would have to work that week off $2-5/hr to feed your family, not just you. Could you pay your bills based on that pay alone?

“Could you feed your family AND yourself? Because that’s what happens when you choose to not tip. Please, please tip your servers. Even if it was the worst service you’ve ever received. A 10% tip is a big enough slap in the face, this completely tore me apart.

“Don’t even bother walking into a restaurant if you can’t afford to tip. There’s a McDonald’s down the street if you’re that cheap.”


People were divided, though, about whether Cordova’s outrage was justifiable.

“The real problem is the system. Having the option to tip is an option that too many people would take advantage of in general,” said one user.

“I was a waitress you are never guaranty a tip you are to work for it. It is not free money for you it is a graduated for how hard you work to please your customers,” added another.

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“All of my receipts look like that because I tip in cash! I don’t want my card ran twice because more than once have I had my card swiped for the incorrect amount,” added another.

“It’s amazing how many of you are so incredibly indifferent to even this type of situation,” added yet another.