Waitress Stiffed for 'Not Looking Normal'

'Zombie Burger' customer not a fan of pink hair
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2016 5:03 AM CDT
Waitress Stiffed for 'Not Looking Normal'
Tips aren't just for "normal looking people."   (Shutterstock)

Customers failing to leave tips is a daily fact of life in the restaurant business, though a diner's excuse in Iowa was outstandingly bad: "Tips are only for normal looking people," the customer wrote on the bill after stiffing pink-haired waitress Taelor May Beeck in Des Moines on Tuesday night. That would be shoddy behavior under any circumstances, and it was made all the stranger by the fact that it happened in a restaurant called Zombie Burger, which describes itself as "post-apocalyptic chic" and encourages servers to be individualistic the Des Moines Register reports.

"It is a real shame that someone would do this to a person in the service industry," a restaurant spokesman says. "We stand behind our staff and the fact that they celebrate who they are because that is at the core of Zombie Burger's mission and a large part of what makes that environment special." Beeck tells WHO-TV that she can't make a living if people don't tip, and she has a message for Tuesday's diner: "I would tell them to not judge someone based on what they look like," she says. "I mean, I may look like a weirdo, but I'm actually a very nice, decent person." (This major chain is testing a no-tipping policy.)

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