When Waitressing Pays More Than Publishing

In the restaurant industry, “I’m so broke,” was a constant server/bartender lament. Frequently, I good-naturedly nodded my head in agreement. “I know,” I said, pretending to be worried about making rent or having enough money to fly home for the holidays. “Me too.”

Red Lobster Waitress Receives a Racial Slur on a Receipt—And then $10,000

Workers in the food service industry don't always get treated all that well, and if you ask servers to tell you about a time when they got cheated out of a tip, they'll have plenty of anecdotes to choose from. Toni Jenkins, a waitress at a Red Lobster in Tennessee, was not only cheated out of a tip—she also received a receipt that had a racial slur written on the "total" line directed at her. She posted the receipt online and got some praise for taking a stand, and some criticism from people who accused her of fabricating the receipt (the customer denied writing the slur). But Jenkins is coming out on top—a California man was able to raise $10,000 for Jenkins through a fund called "Tips for Toni."