Friday, July 20, 2018

Eatery apologises after ridiculing boy who paid for his friends’ meal with quarters

A US restaurant was slammed on Facebook after mocking a teen who paid his bill mostly with coins.

Beer 88 in Lynchburg, Virginia posted a photo on a now-deleted Facebook page recently with the caption: “’How NOT to pay at a restaurant,’” along with the hashtags “we are Beer 88 not a Coinstar,” and “no home training”.

The post came after Cohen Naulty, 17, paid his $60 bill and left a $10 tip with a $20 bill and quarters.

But the Facebook post did not go over well with Beer 88’s audience, sparking major backlash against the restaurant.

“It’s just US currency,” Mr Naulty told ABC News affiliate WEST in Lynchburg. “I’m allowed to use it. It’s not illegal. I’m not doing anything wrong.”

Mr Naulty told the outlet he was at the restaurant because he wanted to take the tips he earned as a server at Country Kitchen and treat his friends to a meal.

His friends were just as surprised as he was to learn their payment method had been put up on Facebook. “We couldn’t believe they posted it on Facebook,” one of his friends said to WEST.

Beer 88 responded to the criticism with the following statement, which has also been removed according to ABC News.

“In response to our earlier post, it was posted as a joke, intended as a joke and should be taken as a joke,” the statement read.

“It was posted as a lighthearted way of saying that something like this can be annoying to people that work in the restaurant/retail industry.

“In no way did we publicly shame ANYONE for paying OR tipping. We try to keep our page funny and relatable. And had no idea that this would be offensive to anyone.”

However, Mr Naulty and his family did not find the post funny.

“They said we didn’t have any home training,” another one of Mr Naulty’s friends told WEST. “That was dirty. One their hashtags was #nohometraining.”

Beer 88 owner Yao Liu told WEST she has been receiving many threats since the post went up and that she apologises for the post.



Anonymous said...

Most banks will no longer change coins even if you have an account with them and those Coinstar kiosks charge you a 12% fee and generally only pay out with a voucher for whatever store they're located in. Good on the kid for getting the full value out of his money!

Anonymous said...

Some people do not understand that their "humor" is insulting to others.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:03AM

My Credit Union has a "Coinstar" in its branches that convert the coins to money that goes directly into my account without the fees. Coins are legal tender, but I do agree that it is a hassle to carry it around to exchange.

Warren said...

Perhaps bills are allowed to be paid by coins of any amount in the USA, but in Australia there is a legal limit beyond which coins do not have to be accepted as payment, a store may allow payment at its discretion.

According to the Currency Act 1965 (section 16) coins are legal tender for payment of amounts which are limited as follows:
•not exceeding 20c if 1c and/or 2c coins are offered (these coins have been withdrawn from circulation, but are still legal tender);
•not exceeding $5 if any combination of 5c, 10c, 20c and 50c coins are offered; and
•not exceeding 10 times the face value of the coin if $1 or $2 coins are offered.
For example, if someone wants to pay a merchant with five cent coins, they can only pay up to $5 worth of five cent coins and any more than that will not be considered legal tender.

Having looked at the news source it seems the restaurant post did not identify the customer, just commented on how not to pay (with 140 quarters). Any 'bad press' the customer received came from his own actions of 'claimed offence'. How much more upset would he have been if his payment had not been accepted?

Bird of Paradise said...

Save all those quarters save enough put them in wrappers($10) and pay for a meal