Bad tip photo lands waiter in hot water

Published On: Nov 21 2012 06:23:54 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 21 2012 06:39:08 PM CST

Nov. 21, 2012: Posting Facebook messages about co-workers, customers and workplaces can get employees into hot water, and that point was recently illustrated for a Houston waiter. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

HOUSTON -

Posting Facebook messages about co-workers, customers and workplaces can get employees into hot water, and that point was recently illustrated for a Houston waiter.

An employee who received a poor tip complained about the patron on his Facebook page and posted the customer's receipt on the social media site.

The receipt from Sherlock's on Westheimer near the Beltway, appeared to have included the customer's name.

The waiter had several supportive messages posted by Facebook friends, but his employer did not appear to be quite as amused.

"I'm not sure what the story is here.  Much as I would like to be able to control an individual's social media comments, I cannot. It is a violation of our company's policy to discuss a guest's tip and upon being made aware of this incident, we have taken the appropriate action," wrote Steve Riley, Chief Operating Officer of Hospitality USA.

It is unclear whether the employee was fired, but the story appears to illustrate that personal social media messages can get you into hot water at work.

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