An Ohio woman was fired from her job as a waitress after complaining on social media about the lousy tips she made while working at a restaurant.
Kirsten Kelly, 22, posted about a bad tipper on Facebook without realizing she is friends with the restaurant customer on Facebook, according to a report from WTOL 11.
"I just said, ‘If you come into a restaurant and spend $50 or more, you should be able to tip appropriately for that,'" Kelly said, citing the Facebook post, which has since been deleted.
Kelly says she kept her post vague and did not use specific names.
The customer, a former schoolmate of Kelly, printed out a screen grab of the Facebook status and brought it to the attention of her managers at Texas Roadhouse in Findlay, Ohio, WTOL reports.
"They told me that I knew what I was doing when I posted that, and they would have to let me go because a customer came in [who had] printed off a screen shot of it," said Kelly. "And they were really upset.”
Texas Roadhouse told the television station that she was fired for calling a customer a derogatory name.
The dismissal of Kelly has sparked a heated debate on social media, according to TheBlaze.
“My question is why in the world would the customer Facebook-stalk this server to locate the post?” one Facebook user wrote after reading the story on WPMI Local 15 News. “When you go ‘looking’ to cause trouble, you are worse than the other person. You should tip appropriately or you should stay home.”
“What happened to our First Amendment Rights? It’s not like she went to Texas Roadhouse’s page & said it there,” another user commented. “She said it on her own page. It doesn’t matter WHAT she said about the customer in question, they have no legal grounds for firing her.”
What do you think? Did Texas Roadhouse make the right decision in firing Kelly?