Instead of getting a tip, Seattle bartender gets 'lectured'
December 18, 2016
Some Seattle locals aren't happy with the new minimum wage increase, according to WTKR. And some are showing that unhappiness by refusing to pay tips to people in the service industry.
One bartender received an anonymous card in place of a tip that outlined why the customer refused to leave cash for servers. The "lecture" card included an explanation that the City Council's decision to raise wages, and in turn increase prices, resulted in his choice to spend less. The card noted that rather than pay higher prices and tips or avoid eating out altogether, they would just refuse to tip and "provide a free economics lesson" instead, according to a July 2015 WTKR report.
"He was actually sitting right next to the server station where I was, so I was right there all the time, he was getting the best service," bartender Anthony Fetto said, according to WKTR.
The note encourages people to comment on a Facebook page, which doesn't exist. However, Anthony shared a photo of the card on his account and it's received over 900,000 views, according to WTKR.
"At least come up and tell me personally ... don't be very passive aggressive and just kind of leave this and walk away without saying anything," Fetto said according to WTKR.
The new minimum wage increase is part of a phased-in plan which will take seven years to complete, and Fetto says his base pay is nowhere near $15. "It didn't get me mad or anything, I was like wow, this is kinda silly, like y'know, tipping is a choice," Fetto told WTKR.
Following the social media reaction, the anonymous tipper reached out to a reporter with a sealed envelope and $20 to deliver a message to Fetto, according to Kiro 7.
"I wanted to reach out and say thank you. Thank you for your excellent service as a waiter. Thank you for being one of the few people that actually understands at least part of the reason behind the card ... And thank you for your part in opening a dialogue regarding the subject. For that you have earned my gratitude and for that reason please accept this gold coin as payment for that service," the letter read, according to Kiro 7.
The gold coin is worth about $130, according to Kiro 7.