After telling her story and the reasoning behind her anger, Welch moved on to speak about an important issue I've been harping on since this story first broke:
I've been waiting tables to save up some money so I could finally go to college, so I could get an education that would qualify me for a job that doesn't force me to sell my personality for pocket change.
While this story has garnered immense media attention, my story is not uncommon. Bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job. People get fired to keep customers happy every day.
As this story has gotten popular, I've received inquiries as to where people can send money to support me. As a broke kid trying to get into college, it's certainly appealing, but I'd really rather you make a difference to your next server. I'd rather you keep that money and that generosity for the next time you eat out.
If you haven't done so already, head over to the story at The Guardian and leave her a nice comment. She's potentially the catalyst for a movement to reform the American tipping system - especially in light of the outrage (still) being expressed throughout the internet.
Other Stories at Peacock Panache about the Applebee's fiasco: