TikTok star ignites debate by pranking waitress who was slow to serve him

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An actor and TikTok star is being criticized for playing pranks with the restaurant staff as they were too slow to serve him.

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Tommy Bracco, who performed in the Broadway musical beautiful woman And News, posted a video on tiktok last month Showing his party pretending to be asleep at his desk while waiting for service.

“Our waitress was never coming so we took a nap to try to get her attention,” he wrote under his video: “It’s literally been an hour.”

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But since the video has garnered 3 million views, it has also attracted disappointing comments from TikTok users, pointing out that US restaurants are suffering from staff shortages across the country.

“As a server and restaurant [owner]’Not funny,’ said one commenter on Monday. “The service industry is suffering now ’cause no one wants to wait on humans like this.”

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“Very childish. Are you still in high school?” Said another on Tuesday. Some commentators joked that they would have quit if a patron did this to them.

Many urged Mr. Bracko to be more sensitive, commenting such as: “The restaurant is short of staff. Be kind to those who showed up,” and “Please be patient with the waitress, we are short staffed and doing our best”.

Mr Bracko did not respond to a request for comment.

According to the National Restaurant Association’s Mid-Year Report for 2021, three quarters of all restaurant owners in the US now cite hiring and retention as their biggest problems.

Some bosses have blamed the situation on pandemic unemployment benefits, but shortages continue even after benefits have been stripped.

Instead, many restaurant workers say they’ve reached their limit With an industry where long hours, unpredictable working patterns, abusive management and terrible pay are endemic, there are security risks from Covid-19 as well.

“I never imagined the toll the toxic workplace would take on my mental health, and now I wonder if life is really what it should be,” As former restaurant worker Jen Brendlinger wrote last month. “In March 2020, most of us were laid off as overhead.”

In the comments to his video, Mr Bracco clarified that he did not blame the restaurant’s staff and was aware of the shortfall. “Lamao it’s everyone’s 100 percent joke. We know it’s his fault and we always tip generously,” he said. “It certainly wasn’t the waitress’s fault. The place was clearly goofy. “

Many commentators were not convinced. “Tell me you’re white without telling me you’re white,” said one, while another called it “gross.”

Others, including some who said they worked or worked as waiters, praised the stunt, saying they would take it in good humor or argue that there was no excuse for customers to wait so long. was not.

“People are trying to make excuses for the server when it’s valid an hour. Even if it’s a waiter/waitress for the whole place, it shouldn’t take [that long],” said in a comment on Monday.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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