The only constant that seems to turn up in every famous case of tip shaming is that, in the end, the beleaguered employee who got shafted out of his hard-earned 20 percent also loses his job for making a scene. It's at that point that the Internet collectively goes into outrage mode and starts lambasting the tip shamer's former employer with angry tweets about how they can go to hell for siding with The Man instead of having their employee's back.
As fun as Internet vigilantism may be, there are a few problems with the rage that always surrounds a good tip-shaming story. First, there's the obvious point: The food servers of the world, as unfortunate as it may be, get shitty to no tips all the time. The majority of them don't act out on the Internet about it for the same reason most of them don't just hop up on a table and shame the tip misers right there on the spot as they're leaving the restaurant. Doing that kind of shit gets you fired, anyone who's seen the Dane Cook/Ryan Reynolds entertainment juggernaut Waiting knows that.
So these two and ...?
So what kind of people do you end up supporting when you lend your opinion to a tip-shaming fracas? The kind who can say stuff like this:
Must be nice!
That's a quote from an interview with the Internet's newest working-class hero, Brendan O'Connor. I did the highlighting myself using Photoshop. Drop me a line for all your graphic design needs. Anyway, he was fired from his job for posting this tweet after a company near the food truck he worked at placed a $170 order and failed to leave a tip.
Fight the power.
The Internet exploded with angry words for his former rolling employer, just as you'd expect, but would that still have been the case if everyone knew beforehand that this aggrieved employee was basically flipping grilled cheese sandwiches for shits and giggles to combat the crippling boredom that comes with not having to pay your own bills?