“They fired me from Oven and Tap over the phone and I’ve been there for 3 1/2 years and that was really heartbreaking. Especially because I didn’t think I did anything wrong.”
In a statement released by Oven and Tap, they said that she was fired for unrelated reasons to the tipping incident, and that they “fully honored” the generous tippers’ requests to pay their servers in full at the party.
“After dining, this large group of guests requested their gratuity be given to two particular servers. We fully honored their requests. Out of respect for our highly valued team members, we do no discuss the details surrounding the termination of an employee.
The server who was terminated several days after the group dined with us was not let go because she chose to keep the tip money. The other two servers who received generous tips that evening from the Witly organization– including one who also received $2,200– are still members of our team.”
After hearing the news, Wise began a GoFundMe for Brandt, and has raised up to $8,732 by this morning.
“It was devastating. I borrowed a significant amount for student loans. Most of them were turned off because of the pandemic but they’re turning back on in January and that’s a harsh reality.”