Peyton Manning's Waiter Should Have Kept His Mouth Shut

peyton manning tipThe Internet today is a dangerous place, workers. The temptation to complain about your boss on Facebook -- or your blog -- can mean you'll soon be unemployed. Basically anything you do that is questionable to your employer slapped all over the world wide web will find its way back to her. That's a guarantee. So if you take a picture of Peyton Manning's signed bill at a restaurant and plaster it around, you might expect some backlash from said employer. Even if you're like, "Wow, what a nice guy! He left me $200 on top of an 18% gratuity!"

Of course, trusting the Internet was the Angus Barn server's second mistake. His first mistake was drawing attention to a customer in the first place.


We hear every now and then about how someone famous drops a huge tip at the club, at the Waffle House, wherever. Unless that celebrity specifically asked his publicist to drop that item to Page Six, it's bad form. And while we all enjoy bringing down uber famous types by spreading the news that someone is a horrible tipper, that's bad form as well.

As a former server, lucky enough to have not been working this during the height of oversharing on the Internet, I knew that we weren't supposed to discuss tippers -- good or bad -- outside the restaurant. Sure we all knew about "that guy" who ordered martini after martini and would leave next to nothing, and we fought over who had to take him this time. But broadcasting that information about your clientele -- whether he's famous or not -- really is bad etiquette, and bad for business. Do you think Peyton Manning and his crew will ever hit the Angus Barn again? Doubt it.

So the firing of Jon, the waiter, for announcing his incredible luck, was justified. Luckily he has that extra $200 to see him through.

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