Waitress Receives “Tip” Telling Her To Stay Home With Nonexistent Husband, Kids

Image courtesy of Fox South Carolina

Here at Consumerist, we’re no stranger to the occasional restaurant receipt story: whether it’s a customer leaving a rude message, a discriminatory tip, or an employee calling customers names. In the most recent incident, a couple reportedly left a note to inform their waitress “her place is in the home.” 

Fox Carolina reports that on Oct. 13, a waitress at a Greenville, SC, restaurant had just finished clearing the table when the couple who had just left returned to quickly leave a note for her.

The note, written on a napkin, commended the waitress for her “excellent service,” but also chastised her for choosing to work at the restaurant in the first place.

According to the couple, the waitress’ “place is in the home.”

“You may think that you’re contributing to your household by coming into work, but you’re not,” the note reads, while also suggesting that because the woman works her husband is seeking out another woman on his “way home from a long day at his work.”


“I felt mortified, embarrassed, humiliated even. I felt hurt, and a bit heartbroken,” the waitress said. “It is a bit disheartening and discouraging that things like this happen at this day and age.”

If the couple had asked, they would have found out that this waitress has no spouse or little ones.

“I have never been married, and have no children,” she tells WYFF-TV. “I have a very loving and supportive boyfriend who has been by my side as I have been working and trying to further my education.”

She says the couple — estimated to be in their mid-50s — were friendly and polite while she’d served them.

A friend of the waitress submitted a photo of the note to Fox Carolina. Here’s what it states in its entirety:

“Thank you for your excellent service today – you’re a good waitress.
Here’s your tip:
The woman’s place is in the home. Your place is in the home. It even says so in the Bible. You may think that you’re contributing to your household by coming into work, but you’re not. While you’re in here ‘working’ this is the reason your husband must see another woman on his way home from a long day at his work. Because you should be home taking care of the household duties, you may think what you are doing ‘working’ is right, it is really essentially a disgrace to his manhood and to the American family. So instead of coming to your ‘job’ and looking for handouts to feed your family, how’s about going home and cleaning your house and cooking a hot meal for your husband and children, the way your husband and God intended, and help make America great again. Praying for families and our nation.
Love, (Guests’ last name)”

SC waitress heartbroken after receiving tip saying ‘A woman’s place is in the home’ [Fox Carolina]

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