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Food Truck Employee Fired for Tip-Shaming on Twitter

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Restaurants might shame no-shows on Twitter, but employees who shame poor tippers should beware: According to his account on The Awl, former Milk Truck employee Brendan O'Connor was fired because he tweeted from his personal account about customers who racked up $170 worth of grilled cheese and milkshakes at the NYC food truck and didn't tip. He included the Twitter handle of the customers' employer, writing: "Shout out to the good people of Glass, Lewis & Co. for placing a $170 order and not leaving a tip. @glasslewis" According to O'Connor, Milk Truck places a priority on social media engagement with customers.

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Apparently, the company (a shareholder advisory services firm) reached out to Milk Truck since, two days later, O'Connor was fired and Milk Truck tweeted an apology to Glass, Lewis & Co, writing: "we do NOT in any way support or condone this behavior-our apologies." While O'Connor admits that he knew there was a chance of getting fired for his tweet, he also acknowledges the absurdity of the situation, writing: "The justice or injustice of tipping is a question again under hot debate; the incivility of failing to leave a tip on an order of that size, in the current arrangement of things, is not ... A part-time food-truck worker with 300 Twitter followers managed to shame some Wall Street firm into getting him fired. What a world."

· Millennial Fired For Tweet [The Awl]
· All Tipping Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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