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Apr 17, 2014 4:47 PM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

Controversial 'Tip' Flyer Stirring Up Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you can't leave a good tip, just stay at home. That's the idea behind a flyer that's being found on windshields all across the city.

In the past, restaurants would automatically charge you a gratuity if you were with a large group. In January, the IRS decided to start taxing those "auto gratuity tips". So now, most restaurants are going with "suggested tips."

As you can imagine, it's really made a difference in the way people tip.

Someone in Corpus Christi is trying to reverse the trend by posting flyers on cars all over town, saying that the minimum gratuity should be 18%. No exceptions.

Waiters and waitresses only make about $19K a year here in Corpus Christi, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. For waitress like Jessica Brown, that's not enough to live on. Brown has to work two jobs just to pay the bills.

"The tips here in Corpus are the worst I've seen," said Brown. "I've served in four states, and these are the worst."

Being a waitress for over 4 years, she said she's been stiffed quite a few times, especially since the change in the IRS gratuity rule.

"When we're given less than we deserve, it's very frustrating," she said. "It hurts, you know. It's weird to say that we take it personally, but you do, and it's hard."

She found one of the flyers this morning, and said she's glad someone is trying to do something about the tips. "I don't think people understand that we do make $2.13 an hour," she said. "People may think that we make hourly, we don't."

However, not everyone sees the flyer as a good thing. "I think it's annoying," said resident Don Stackhouse. "I didn't think I lived in a place where people just dropped flyers all over your car."

He thinks the flyer's request is too much.

"He can ask for 18," said Stackhouse. "But I'm not going to give it unless I'm really impressed."

Impressed or not, the flyer asks that we all just be "more aware" when it comes to dining out.

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