Zach Noble theblaze.com Shaina Brown is a single mother who works two jobs to support her three kids, so when a patron at the Waffle House where she works said, “I’m going to bless you tonight,” and gave her a $1,000 tip, she was ecstatic. But Waffle House wouldn’t process the tip. “I feel like they stole from me,” Brown told the Charlotte Observer. “They did exactly what they teach us not to do.” “You have a good spirit,” Brown recalled the man saying to her.Reporter Josh Shaffer claims to have tracked down the big-tipping customer, who asked to remain anonymous and confirmed that he had given Brown a $1,500 tip on his credit card, with instructions that $1,000 was to be for Brown and $500 was to go to another Waffle House patron, a nearby “haggard-looking woman.” A Waffle House spokesperson told Shaffer that it’s standard procedure to deny oversized credit card tips, saying that if a customer wishes to leave a large gratuity, they’re asked to do it with cash or a check. According to the spokesperson, the policy is in place in case the customer later tries to dispute the bill. Shaffer declared that justification “weak,” and speculated that Waffle House’s “roadblocks to charity” policy could be meant to avoid transaction fees or it could, more likely, be mere laziness. “It’s easier to disappoint a hard-working waitress than lift an extra finger and maybe ruffle a feather or two up the corporate ladder,” Shaffer wrote. This is not the first time an enormous tip hasn’t come through — last September a bartender’s $200,000 tip went nowhere, since the credit card company declined to honor the “excessive to read more: theblaze.com
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