A restaurant server has sparked a debate about tipping after claiming in a TikTok that she includes an automatic gratuity of 20 per cent when large events of consumers are “rude”.
Kayla Baltazar, who goes by the username @kaybaltazar on TikTok, made the declare in a TikTok uploaded over the weekend, through which she might be seen sitting at a restaurant desk, earlier than the video cuts to a clip of her clicking on a register button that updates the gratuity to “large party/automatic gratuity”.
“When a large table is rude to you, runs you back and forth, and keeps asking for s***,” Baltazar wrote on the video, including within the caption: “I’m usually really nice and never add it but people are so mean lol I’m just trying to do my shift and go man.”
The video, which has since been seen greater than 1.1m occasions on TikTok, has sparked a variety of reactions from customers, with some applauding Baltazar whereas others have criticised her for complaining about ready on prospects.
“Good for you,” one individual commented, with one other viewer writing: “As you should! It’s so gross how entitled people feel all the time and treat workers so sh*tty.”
The video additionally prompted one other server to disclose that they might “never work at a restaurant that doesn’t have a gratuity charge for large parties”, whereas another person mentioned they had been supportive of the tactic so long as the desk is knowledgeable, including: “I’m super cool with this. But let the table know, don’t be shady.”
However, viewers additionally discovered problem with the TikTok, with many accusing Baltazar of complaining about “doing her job”.
“Imagine doing the job you were hired to do and being mad about it,” one viewer wrote.
Another commented: “So you’re upset about doing your job?”
The responses prompted clarification from Baltazar, who revealed within the feedback that the restaurant the place she works “automatically adds [the gratuity]” to bigger tables.
She additionally famous that these “offended” by the “joke” ought to self-reflect, writing: “ALSO if you’re offended by a joke you should probs check yourself! We’re servers not servants.”
While Baltazar claimed that the TikTok was a joke, one viewer’s remark suggesting that there must be a “30 per cent option” prompted her to reply that she needs and “it’s what we deserve putting up with all this bs”.