Denny’s Waitress Gifted $4K Tip, Says Restaurant is Withholding Money

Denny’s waitress Shikira Edwards is not satisfied after her employer refused to give her the $4,000 tip that she received from a customer.

What We Know:

  • After working at Denny’s for the last 3 years, Edwards was full of joy when her manager informed her that a customer had left her a tip of $4,451.61.
  • “It’s just such a blessing to have good people like that that are still here and that God did answer my prayers because he knows what I go through,” she said. “For someone to look at me and bless me in that way, in that way shape or form, there’s no blessing too high or too low for God, and I appreciate her so much.”
  • Although she doesn’t know who tipped her, three weeks after the interview, Edwards still hasn’t received her money.
  • The owner of the Winchester Road Denny’s, Han Kim, sent an email to the station stating that he believes customer made a mistake by entering a huge tip regarding their debit card. Apparently, Kim contacted Denny’s headquarters to cancel the transaction altogether to protect the customer.
  • “Unless and until they can verify that the customer didn’t really intend that tip then that money belongs to the employee,” Kim said.
  • “You’re going to tell me that it’s my fault that I didn’t get the information on a customer when they left and tipped me,” Edwards said. “I’m just hurt that they would tell me something like..  this is the only resolution to look as if I’m wrong to ask for something I know I deserve.”

Steve Mulroy, Law Professor from The University of Memphis got involved with the incident and stated that he believes the waitress can sue the company if she doesn’t get her money. “The employer can’t arbitrarily sort of change the rule about how you share the tips or who gets the tips because it’s a big check,” he said.