‘Douchebags’: Waitress who split life-changing $10K tip with co-workers fired for ‘unknown’ reason

A Michigan waitress received a life-changing $10,000 tip from an anonymous patron last week and chose to share it with seven of her co-workers.

Earlier this week, she was fired for reasons unknown.

Linsey Boyd was shocked when she discovered the tip on a $32 lunch from a man who was reportedly in town for a late friend’s memorial service.

“I just gave him a hug,” Boyd told WSBT-TV. “I didn’t even know his name at that point, but I gave him a hug.”

“He told me that he had left the memorial of someone very dear to him, and he just wanted to do something really kind and generous in her name,” she explained.

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Boyd chose to pay it forward, splitting the generous tip with seven of her fellow Mason Jar Cafe servers.

“We do have that time where we’re not making as much money as in the summer, but everyone goes through things and I know it’s hard sometimes,” Ava White, one of the servers who received a portion of the tip, told WNDU, “but you never know what or who is going to bless you.”

But things soon went awry, and Boyd was fired by her employers.

“There are more questions than answers emerging from this Mason Jar mystery,” WNDU reported in a follow-up story. “There is a ton of spouting off on social media, but nobody is going on-camera to talk about what happened.”

According to Los Angeles reporter Mark Groubert, “The two owner douchebags didn’t get their cut which is illegal btw so they fired her.”

“Gutless,” he added.

Mason Jar Cafe owners Able Martinez and Jayme Cousins say they can’t comment due to “labor laws.”

“A claim has been made about a recent employee of ours. We can not comment on the nature of her losing her job due to labor laws and to protect the staff involved,” they wrote on Facebook. “However, I will say it had nothing to do with the tip.”

“She did receive the entire tip, she did not pay taxes on it (the business did),” they stated. “Yes, she shared the tip at the request of the man that left it.”

“We do truly care about our staff,” the owners said. “We’ve had the same crew for 5-6 years. We have college girls that come home every summer and have been for four years now, we take our staff up north at the end of every summer season, we give donations for college funds for them, we kept them employed through Covid, we do everything in our power not to lose staff.”

“We hope it is clear this was not a decision made lightly or hastily,” Martinez and Cousins wrote.

Boyd emailed WNDU reporter George Mallet, and told him she “drove out of town this morning to spend time with family and get away.”

“She went on to say it has been a pretty rough week,” Mallet reported.

On X, the decision to fire Boyd is going down like a cold dish of eggs.

“Hope they go out of business,” wrote one user.

“I smell the wafting sent of a boycott in the wind,” remarked another.

“Bet she wouldn’t share with the owner, so he fired her,” guessed a third.

“This makes so much sense in an elitist, leftist state,” one user said. “Anyone who succeeds through hard work and devotion to their job, has to be knocked back down if they ever are rewarded for the fruits of their labor.”

Melissa Fine


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