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Published: Mar 17, 2016
Watch: Silly Waitress, Tips are For 'Normal Looking' People
by Maria Gomez

A server at an Iowa restaurant was the victim of scorn after a critical customer left a note reading, "Tips are only for normal looking people."

Taelor Beeck is a popular waitress at Zombie Burger in Des Moines and after collecting a completed bill from a customer Tuesday night she discovered the customer had crossed out the tip line on the $17.26 bill and wrote in, "Tips are only for normal looking people."

Beeck said she was taken aback by what was written on the tab.

"At first, I felt really upset, I felt attacked, I almost felt like I was back in middle school all over again, like being bullied," she told WHO-TV. "I felt like a burning anger inside of me."

"But I didn't act on it because it's not worth it when someone puts hate out there, you know to respond in a hateful way will do no good," Beeck said.

Orchestrate Hospitality, Zombie Burger's parent company, released a statement in support of Beeck.

"We believe that zombie burger is a place that celebrates individuality. We stand by our staff. We also believe that our customers enjoy zombie burger because it is a wonderfully unique place and that includes the team members. We are in 100% support of our staff. And we're confident that our customers will be as well. She is an example of a great team member and we are standing by her."

Beeck said she will not to change her personal style to suit patrons.

"It's the way that I can express myself artistically and it's really important for me that I'm allowed to do that, and it's OK if people don't understand it because it's just who I am," Beeck said.

Beeck offered a critique of her own for the stingy tipper.

"I would tell them to not judge someone based on what they look like," Beeck said. "I mean, I may look like a weirdo but I'm actually a very nice, decent person."

Silly waitress, tips are for normal looking people.

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