Waitress fired after customer sees critical Facebook post

A waitress in Ohio lost her job after she posted a comment critical of a customer's tipping, and the customer saw the comment.

"They told me that I knew what I was doing when I posted that, and they would have to let me go because a customer came in, print off a screenshot of it, and they were really upset," said Kirsten Kelly.

She was laid off Monday from her job at Texas Roadhouse in Findlay, Ohio, after she expressed her opinion on how she should tip.

"I just said, if you come into a restaurant and spend $50 or more, you should be able to tip appropriately for that," she said.

The customer who triggered the post was one of her Facebook friends, a former school mate.

The woman printed a screen shot of the post and took it to the restaurant managers, who called the comment inappropriate and that they had to let her go.

"I was mad. It was a Friday night, and I made 60 dollars, because I had several people that night who weren't tipping appropriately," she said. "More than one time, people spent 50 dollars or more and they tipped five or six. That's not OK."

Kelly said she did not mention a specific customer on Facebook, but job experts say workers can never be too careful.

"You just have to realize what friends you're accepting online as well. Obviously, if you only have your privacy setting as 'friends only,' they will only be able to see your profile picture," said Cayla Fortman of Jobsolutions.

Kelly now says it is a hard lesson, as she looks for another job to support her and her son.


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