The patron obviously didn't take kindly to Taelor's appearance which, while unconventional, shouldn't really impact recognition of her service.
The waitress told local media outlet WHO TV Channel 13 News:
At first, I felt really upset, I felt attacked, I almost felt like I
was back in middle school all over again, like being bullied. I felt like a burning anger inside of me.
But I didn't act on it because it's not worth it when someone puts
hate out there, you know to respond in a hateful way will do no good.
I mean I can't pay my bills if people don't tip me. That's how I make
The bill in question was worth $17.26 and Taelor added that tips are vitally important in her industry. She said she relies on the extra cash to make a living.
Since Taelor talked about her experience, hundreds have come out in support. Zombie Burger isn't fine dining, and formal wear isn't exactly expected.
Tammy Danielson asked on Facebook: 'What does appearance have to do with deserving a tip?'
The restaurant group that owns the burger joint has also issued a statement and is standing by its employee.
A spokesperson told WHO TV:
We believe that zombie burger is a place that celebrates individuality
We stand by our staff
We also believe that our customers enjoy zombie burger because it is a
wonderfully unique place and that includes the team members.
We are in 100% support of our staff.
And we’re confident that our customers will be as well.
She is an example of a great team member and we are standing by her.