On Monday, Twitter user Ali Siverhus posted a picture of the receipt, which also had a note.
“Get rid of masks, tips will be bigger,” the note said, just above where the customer wrote in only 5 cents on the $38.15 meal.
In her tweet, Siverhus also included a screenshot of a post she had made on Facebook, where she called the incident “wrong on so many levels.”
“First and foremost, the masks are a city mandate and there is nothing I or management can do about it,” she wrote.
“Second, servers make less than 3$ [sic] an hour typically, so our entire pay depends on tips,” she added later in her post. “I was very nice to this guy and his young son, they got their drinks and food on time and when I asked them how everything was tasting, he said it was good and had no complaints.”
Siverhus told Fox 4 New York that she wasn’t necessarily surprised that the customer didn’t tip her well, but was still upset when she saw how little the amount was.
“I was very angry that he left a 5-cent tip over something I couldn’t control and was also wondering how it affected him that I was wearing the mask,” she told the television station.
She added that although the service industry is already difficult to work in, the coronavirus has made it even harder.
“We already are down on numbers of customers, so we just ask people to be respectful and tip accordingly because we are risking getting sick to serve you,” she said. “We aren’t asking people to be over generous, just respectful.”
According to the Lincoln city website, masks have been required in indoor spaces since July 20, with several exceptions including while eating at a restaurant or bar.