I’m a waiter who lied to customers — they tipped me $500, now I feel guilty
Let’s hope his boss doesn’t get tipped off.
A 22-year-old New York server has come clean about an extravagant lie he claims earned him a generous tip.
“I’m going to get such bad karma from lying to this table, but I can’t stop when I’m making so much money,” the 90-second clip begins.
In the viral TikTok, Dean Redmond confessed he forgot to put in an order of four sandwiches during a brunch rush on Christmas Eve last week.
Instead of owning up to his mistake, he said he frantically told customers the waitress delivering the food had slipped down some icy stairs. To make matters worse, he also claimed she needed to be rushed to the hospital, where she landed in the intensive care unit.
“Dear staff, please do not stress!! Things happen… We hope she is OK!” read the note from customers Paul and Sue, along with the wad of cash.
“She’s fine. I’m not going to be fine after the karma catches up to me,” Redmond exclaimed in the TikTok that has earned 22,400 views since it was posted this week. “I didn’t give anyone else at the place any of this tip because I thought then they would expose me and tell the boss, so I’m keeping $500 in cash that’s probably supposed to go to this girl who is in the ICU.”
Redmond — who counts 165,700 followers on his account, where he regularly gripes about customers and rehashes Yelp reviews — said he has already been scolded by his boss for online bashing and has even faced a suspension. After his latest snafu, his followers fear he might be in more hot water.
“BESTIE, DIGITAL FOOTPRINT,” one user reminded the TikToker.
“Imagine the people who leave these big tips see one of your videos,” another emphasized.
“You need to find them and give the money back,” chastised one person.
“You are exposing yourself here, man,” another chimed in.
“WHAT IF THEY SEE THIS,” someone else worried.
“How don’t you feel bad?” asked another.
This isn’t the first time Redmond has admitted to lying to customers. Despite his unidentified boss allegedly reprimanding him for concocting such elaborate fibs, Redmond reported he “can’t stop” because he makes such good money.
He posted another confession to TikTok in October, offering details of a fraudulently earned $100 tip. He reportedly drew a fake burn on his arm and claimed he scorched his skin carrying the customers’ food to their table just to buy the cooks some time because he forgot to put in the order.
“You have to lie, it just works,” he said.
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