Sioux Falls mayor sticks up for waitress who received 1.8-percent tip

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We can only imagine what Salty Waitress would have to say about this: A 19-year-old server in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was shocked Sunday when she received a $1 tip on a $55.50 tab, as well as an extremely rude note alongside it.

The bar where she works, Shenanigan’s, posted a photo of the receipt to Twitter, noting that the server, Brooke H., is young and working her way through college: “Grow a pair,” it concludes.

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The tweet has garnered Brooke plenty of support, including an offer to PayPal her to compensate for the 1.8-percent tip. One of the most notable messages of support came from Sioux Falls mayor Paul Ted Haken, who tweeted in part that “This stinks and is not Sioux Falls.” A Twitter account that appears to be that of the server, Brooke Heinen, responded: “I appreciate the kind words; it means so much to me!”

Heinen told the Argus Leader she has no idea why the table wrote a rude message and left her such a meager tip. She told the paper the patrons were there to watch the Dallas Cowboys game, and playfully teased her about being a Vikings fan.

“And I think what hurt the most was that they were such kind people,” she said. “I don’t know what went wrong.”

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Heinen said she’s grateful the bar—and the town’s mayor—stuck up for her. Yet another reason today’s Salty Waitress column should be required reading.

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Kate Bernot

Kate Bernot is managing editor at The Takeout and a certified beer judge.