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Restaurant forces waitress to return $1,000 tip she received from good Samaritan

By Mason White 2:55 PM June 10, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A waitress, who is a single mother, is upset after she was ordered to return a big tip to a customer.

The Waffle House waitress, who received a $1,000 tip, said that she was forced to return the money to her customer.

Shaina Brown worked the night shift at the Waffle House in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the past seven years. One night at 3:00 a.m., while working a customer told her: “I’m going to bless you tonight.”

The customer told the woman to add $1,500 to his credit card payment and instructing Brown to take $1,000 for herself and to give $500 to a woman at a nearby table.

The local businessman confirmed that he gave the women a big tip. However, Brown, a single mother of two, was not allowed to keep the tip and it was refunded to the businessman’s credit card.

A Waffle House spokesperson said that it is standard procedure to return large tips to customers.

They asked people who want to give large tips, to do so in cash or check, in order to avoid issues stemming from customers disputing their credit card charges for the large tip.

The businessman said that he plans to send Brown a check for the $1,000 that she was forced to return to him.