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in-zan-ity asked:

Hi! I found your Tumblr via Google when I searched "move to nyc". I am actually moving on Jan. 15, '13 so I'm totally where you are at right now! I just wanted to tell you that I wish you the best on your move and other future endeavors! :) Let me know if you need any advice/have any questions because after 4 years of research and wanting-to-move-to-nyc'ness, I think I know a little something about a little something. :)

wow!! thank you so much!! very nice words! how was your move?? are you settled in yet??? did you find a place to live easly?

Wow, I leave thursday for NYC!! Its crazy to feel/know that my dream is coming true! I feel as though my composure though all of this has been relaxed.I do feel very excited and have never been happier.     bush told me the other day how different i am. like night and day. I feel it. My friend at work told me that as well. Everything is different. everything is headed into a positive direction because i put my mindset in that direction. I am trying to have no fear. in honesty my levels are 30% fear %70 excitement. I think that is a good mix. Putting myself in this positive motion has opened great doors and opportunities for me already in NYC.

Penny says she can get me a job at HRC in time square. CRAZY!
Bob says he has a lot of friends looking for roomies. AWESOME!
Sent my transfer request to Gotham Roller Girls. INSANE!
Saved all my monies dem some! financial status reached! HUZZAH!
Going to Gothams Derbytuant ball with Penny day I arrive! OMG!!

!!! btw..i also only have two days left of work (today and tomorrow)
speaking of…i’ve found the closer it gets to my “2 week notice” day of work its been harder to go in. i gave up 2 shifts. i feel like im on my last few breaths of that place and some people are intolerable.  only two more days!

My car is still in the shop. My car broke down on me on Christmas eve and on christmas while i was on the way to the air port to pick up Chelsey. this was all right when i was supposed to move out of my apt. and get everything taken care of for that. had no car for 3 days. they almost were not going to let me have a vehicle.i got so lucky. still need to clean it out and clean this one out. and get rid of the rest of the stuff i am not taking with me to NYC. Its getting so so so so so so close!!

so those are the only two really pressing issues i have to deal with.
Going Red again. Don’t Care. Be free!!

Everything so far has worked out because of the effort and planning i’ve put into it. i still have to find a place to live but i have 5 solid days to do so!!

i leave for nyc in 5 days…holy shit!

Last time skating in tn!!


“This a photograph taken from the teenager (shirtless guy) named Austin Schafer’s Twitter account, of a kid being tied up and beaten by upper classmen at Columbia High School in Nampa, Idaho. 

This is a recent photograph and one where the school’s authorities have not taken action yet. Remember this kid’s name and repost this picture. 

The Neanderthal trash who are bullying him deserve to have this picture plastered all over the Internet for prospective college admission offices to see so their career pinnacle can be asking me which kind of soup I want at Olive Garden.

If you’ve been a victim of bullying or know someone who has, please repost.”

(Source: captainfyer)


Chelsea Welch, the US waitress who was fired after she posted a picture of a tip receipt on Reddit, wrote for us:

I was a waitress at Applebee’s restaurant in Saint Louis. I was fired Wednesday for posting a picture on of a note a customer left on a bill. I posted it on the web as a light-hearted joke.

This didn’t even happen at my table. The note was left for another server, who allowed me to take a picture of it at the end of the night.

Someone had scribbled on the receipt, “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?”

I assumed the customer’s signature was illegible, but I quickly started receiving messages containing Facebook profile links and websites, asking me to confirm the identity of the customer. I refused to confirm any of them, and all were incorrect.

I worked with the Reddit moderators to remove any personal information. I wanted to protect the identity of both my fellow server and the customer. I had no intention of starting a witch-hunt or hurting anyone.

Now I’ve been fired.

The person who wrote the note came across an article about it, called the Applebee’s location, and demanded everyone be fired — me, the server who allowed me to take the picture, the manager on duty at the time, the manager not on duty at the time, everyone. It seems I was fired not because Applebee’s was represented poorly, not because I did anything illegal or against company policy, but because I embarrassed this person.

In light of the situation, I would like to make a statement on behalf of wait staff everywhere: We make $3.50 an hour. Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make.

After sharing my tips with hosts, bussers, and bartenders, I make less than $9 an hour on average, before taxes. I am expected to skip bathroom breaks if we are busy. I go hungry all day if I have several busy tables to work. I am expected to work until 1:30am and then come in again at 10:30am to open the restaurant.

I have worked 12-hour double shifts without a chance to even sit down. I am expected to portray a canned personality that has been found to be least offensive to the greatest amount of people. And I am expected to do all of this, every day, and receive change, or even nothing, in return. After all that, I can be fired for “embarrassing” someone, who directly insults his or her server on religious grounds.

In this economy, $3.50 an hour doesn’t cut it. I can’t pay half my bills. Like many, I would love to see a reasonable, non-tip-dependent wage system for service workers like they have in other countries. But the system being flawed is not an excuse for not paying for services rendered.

I need tips to pay my bills. All waiters do. We spend an hour or more of our time befriending you, making you laugh, getting to know you, and making your dining experience the best it can be. We work hard. We care. We deserve to be paid for that.

I am trying to stand up for all of us who work for just a few dollars an hour at places like Applebee’s. Whether a chain steakhouse or a black-tie establishment, tipping is not optional. It is how we get paid.

I posted a picture to make people laugh, but now I want to make a serious point: Things like this happen to servers all the time. People seem to think that the easiest way to save money on a night out is to skip the tip.

I can’t understand why I was fired over this. I was well liked and respected at Applebee’s. My sales were high, my managers had no problems with me, and I was even hoping to move up to management soon. When I posted this, I didn’t represent Applebee’s in a bad light. In fact, I didn’t represent them at all.

I did my best to protect the identity of all parties involved. I didn’t break any specific guidelines in the company handbook – I checked. But because this person got embarrassed that their selfishness was made public, Applebee’s has made it clear that they would rather lose a dedicated employee than an angry customer. That’s a policy I can’t understand.

I am equally baffled about how a religious tithe is in any way related to paying for services at a restaurant. I can understand why someone could be upset with an automatic gratuity. However, it’s a plainly stated Applebee’s policy that a tip is added automatically for parties over eight like the one this customer was part of. I cannot control that kind of tip; it’s done by the computer that the orders are put into. I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the “Big Man” used as reasoning.

Obviously the person who wrote this note wanted it seen by someone. It’s strange that now that the audience is wider than just the server, the person is ashamed.

I have no agenda here. I seek no revenge against the note writer. I have no interest in exposing their identity, and, at this point, I’m not even sure I want my job back. I was just trying to make a joke, but I came home unemployed.

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.

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