Shikira Edwards, a Denny’s waitress in Memphis, Tennessee, has yet to receive a more than $4,000 tip left for her by an anonymous customer on Feb. 12, according to Fox 13.
Edwards was informed by her manager at the end of her shift that a customer had left a $4,451.61 tip. The waitress said she didn’t learn much about the generous tipper only that she appreciated her service. “She appreciated my smile,” Edwards said. “That’s one thing that she did tell me and from there I don’t know.” Edwards, who had been working at Denny’s part-time to pay off student loan debt, said the tip was a timely blessing and a small miracle.
And she still doesn’t have it.
“I’m just hurt that they would tell me something like this as a business, and as being the owner to tell me that this is the only resolution, as to look at if I’m wrong to ask for something I know I deserve,” she said.
Denny’s management said that Edwards is a good employee and it was looking into the legitimacy of the tip. Three weeks later, Edwards was instructed by her manager to track down the person responsible for the tip before she could receive it, according to Fox 13. Edwards said she wouldn’t be surprised if someone at the restaurant tried to keep it for themselves, adding that the business is short-staffed, low on supplies, and is defined by low morale.
Edwards is fighting for this generous tip for a good reason. According to ZipRecruiter, a waitresses’s weekly wages are as high as $5,077 and as low as $212. The majority of waitress wages currently range between $298 (25th percentile) to $500 (75th percentile) across the United States. The average pay range for a waitress varies little (about $202), which suggests that regardless of location, there are not many opportunities for increased pay or advancement.