Nikita Richardson
March 18, 2016 1:47 pm

This week, a server in Iowa shared a customer receipt that was conspicuously missing the tip. Instead, the patron left a message for her waitress, Taelor May Beeck, reading, “Tips are only for normal-looking people.” What was Beeck’s great offense? Bubblegum pink hair and a nose ring.

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“S/O to this girl stiffing me cuz I look like a weirdo,” Beeck wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. “Hope she feels better about herself.”


At $17.26, Beeck didn’t miss out on too big a tip (~$3.50), but she definitely didn’t deserve an insult about her appearance, which seems like a perfect fit for where she works — Zombie Burger + Drink Lab. Plus, insulting someone on the color of their hair seems petty and uncalled for, regardless of location and context. The company even took time to publicly support Beeck.

Zombie Burger is a place that celebrates individuality and we think the vast majority of our customers like the fact that everybody there is unique,” spokesman Chris Diebel told the Des Moines Register. “It is a real shame that someone would do this to a person in the service industry. We stand behind our staff and the fact that they celebrate who they are because that is at the core of Zombie Burger’s mission and a large part of what makes that environment special.”

Right on. Beeck’s post serves as a much-needed reminder for ALL customers dining out — there’s really no excuse not to give your server a tip. Many servers make much of their salaries on tips, so always include *at least* fifteen percent gratuity.