A restaurant has faced serious backlash after the owner reportedly made a waiter split his $16,000 tip between all staff members.
The Stumbling Inn, which is in New Hampshire, sparked controversy after the news went viral that an anonymous customer left a huge tip on their $37.93 tab. People were appalled that the server didn’t get to keep the tip for themselves, despite clearly earning it.
The anonymous diner had chili cheese hot dogs, pickle chips, and a tequila drink, and it must have hit the spot. After handing over the tip, he told the bartender not to “spend it all in one place,” according to Today Food.
After the news was shared on Facebook by restaurant owner Mike Zarella, people voiced their disgust that the tip had been split between other servers working that night.
One commenter wrote: “I think you should give the waiter or waitress THE FULL AMOUNT, her or she did what they needed to for that tip, I don’t believe it would be right to split the tip among twelve when only 1 person waited for that table.”
Another wrote: “I just want to know if she was forced to split that tip. 16k is a lot of money and I don’t see anyone who would split it twelve ways if they don’t have to. ESPECIALLY since servers are paid less than 7.50 an hr.”
A third commented: “On the original post it says that the bartenders called the owner and the owner called the guy and asked the guy if he meant to give 16,000 or $160 and he said no I meant to give the amount that I gave because you guys deserve it he said that he didn’t want to be named because he’s not a regular and he’s not from the area.”
According to 7News reporter Amaka Ubaka, an employee spoke out in defense of the restaurant…
They told Ubaka that tips are always split evenly between workers, and this was no different. The owner also did not receive any of the money that was gifted.
Mike Zarella told Today Food: “A gentlemen came in at the bar and ordered a beer and a couple of chili cheese dogs, and then he ordered pickle chips and a Patron (tequila) drink. At around 3:30, he asked the bartender… for the check. She gave it to him and walked away, and then he said to her, ‘Don’t spend it all in one place.’ People that are well-deserving got a huge tip. Last week, they were worried it didn’t go through, so they didn’t count on it.
“Now they’re like, ‘Wow.’ Some of them are single moms, now planning a vacation. They’re getting good money out of it. They’re really overwhelmed. They’re like, ‘Wow, I can go do this summer. I didn’t budget for that, now I can do that.’ It’s really fantastic.”
What do you think about the tip being split amongst staff?