A viral TikToker called one of the customers at his serving job because he asked him to play a game to determine what his tip would be.
The TikToker, Quinn Pratt (@quinnpratt5), describes himself as the “best storyteller on TikTok” and has more than 3 million followers. In one of his recent videos, he tells his followers that they might see a video floating around “that doesn’t actually paint [him] in the best light.”
Pratt says he was working at his server job and at one of his tables was a YouTuber, TikToker or other social media influencer. According to Pratt, the client pulled out his phone, began recording, and called Pratt.
The TikToker says the customer set up a game with four or five sealed envelopes on the table. They told him that each envelope contained money ranging from $1 to $300 and that one of them would be his tip. The customer asked Pratt to select an envelope and decide whether to keep it or trade it for another, describing “a dumb ass game,” says Pratt. Whatever envelope he got would be his tip.
Pratt says he looked the customer straight in the face and told him, “I don’t have time for this bullshit.”
@quinnpratt5 I’m not sorry. #gfk #serverlife #trending ♬ Original sound – Quinn Pratt
“I’m super busy. Whatever you tip me is my tip,” Pratt says in the video, repeating what he said to the customer. “I don’t give a fuck, I’m not here to play a little game with you. I’m at my place of work – not here to play some crappy little carnival game you developed and put together to get some views and likes on TikTok.
He adds that the customer shouldn’t walk into a restaurant expecting to distract the waiters from their work.
“I’m not here for your entertainment or your channel,” says Pratt.
The client’s response was that he was just trying to give Pratt a chance to get $300, the TikToker says. But he didn’t buy it and called the customer for using it to get views for his channel.
After that, unsurprisingly, the customer didn’t leave a tip for him, Pratt says.
“Listen, if you want to bless a waiter because you think they’re underpaid and stuff, just do it,” says Pratt. “Don’t make a stupid ass game out of it and try to promote your channel because if you’re trying to do this bullshit, it’s very obvious that it’s self-serving.”
Several viewers agreed with TikToker, saying the client’s game was “degrading”.
“It’s not right, it’s almost as if they think waiters have no dignity and will do anything for a tip. Leave a tip or not, I wouldn’t do that,” one viewer commented.
“It’s demeaning,” wrote another viewer.
Someone else said: “I got into jumping through hoops. They should tip you because you’re doing your job and not entertaining them and their audience.”
Some users applauded Pratt for standing firm — even if it meant not getting a tip in the end.
“Good for you, I’m sorry they didn’t tip you, but I’m glad you stood your ground,” said one user.
“You don’t mess with server tips. that’s messed up. I’m so sorry you had to endure that hun,” wrote another.
The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via a TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: February 10, 2023 1:39 pm CST
Cecilia Lenzen is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot.
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