A waitress based in Belmar, New Jersey cried after a group of customers gave her a "LOL" note as a tip.
In a Facebook post, wait staff Jessica Corrine shared her experience, posting a photo of the receipt left by 8 customers apparently disappointed by the restaurant's slow service.
"I would have preferred a '$0' tip than a 'LOL' tip, but as a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job," said Corrine. "Even though they did wait an hour to eat, they remained satisfied with filled drinks and proper notice that the kitchen was a bit busier than normal."
The message got across--hungry customers waiting for an hour for food--and Corrine actually understood. But she thinks the customers are shooting the wrong person.
"Waiters are mere messengers most of the time, and it's wrong to shoot them, however bad the news," she said.
Frustrated and offended, Corrine also took the opportunity to enlighten customers on what wait staff experience "behind the scene."
"I've worked in the service industry for five years and I take pride in providing great service to my customers," she said. "I would like to make a statement on behalf of wait staff everywhere: We make $2.50 an hour. Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make. I need tips to pay my bills. All waiters do."
Corrine added that it's no easy job talking to strangers, trying to make them comfortable, but waiters do it because they care.
"We spend an hour or more of our time befriending you, making you laugh, getting to know you, and making your dining experience the best it can be. We work hard, and we really do care," she explained.
Corrine ended a note with an appeal to all customers on behalf of all wait staff.
"I know it's annoying when things aren't right. I know how aggravating it is to receive a hefty bill when all night you've been wondering why the table that came in after you was served before you" she said.
"My experience with this table was cruel and unnecessary but sadly it's not uncommon. With that said: Please be good to your waiters."