An Iowa waitress was stiffed out of a tip on a $17 check because she was not ‘normal looking’.
Taelor Beeck celebrates herself as an individual and works at Zombie Burger in Des Moines.
The pink-haired server was closing out one of her tables at the hip restaurant on Tuesday night when she realized the customer had left no tip and a note on the receipt reading: ‘Tips are only for normal-looking people.’
‘At first, I felt really upset, I felt attacked, I almost felt like I was back in middle school all over again, like being bullied,’ Beeck told Pix 11.
Beck chose not to publicly reveal the name of the patron, and she also decided against confronting them over the bill, which was totaled $17.26.
A 20 percent tip would have been about $3.40.
‘I didn’t act on it because it’s not worth it when someone puts hate out there, you know to respond in a hateful way will do no good,’ Beeck said.
However Beeck said the reality of the situation is that tips is how service people earn their keep, and that her appearance does not impact her ability to do the job.
‘I mean I can’t pay my bills if people don’t tip me,’ Beeck said. ‘That’s how I make a living.’
The parent company of Zombie Burger has shown its full support of Beeck, releasing a statement saying that customers should support the staff.
‘We believe that Zombie Burger is a place that celebrates individuality,’ the statement from Orchestrate Hospitality said.
‘We stand by our staff. We also believe that our customers enjoy Zombie Burger because it is a wonderfully unique place and that includes the team members.
‘We are in 100% support of our staff. And we’re confident that our customers will be as well. She is an example of a great team member and we are standing by her.’
Beeck did have a few parting words for the patron that failed to pay her though.
‘I would tell them to not judge someone based on what they look like,’ Beeck said.
‘I mean, I may look like a weirdo but I’m actually a very nice, decent person.’
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This article originally appeared on Daily Mail.