I eat out 15 times a week.<quoted text>
Applebees is one of the worst at ripping off their tipped employees. They apply a fixed percentage of sales as tips, whether the server or bar tender actually received that amount or not (in other words, that 18% the customer scratched off the bill WILL show up as being paid to the server (both on her pay stub, and her W-2), even though she never actually got it). They won't let them clock out unless they put in that amount. This results in Applebees CLAIMING they paid their help more than they actually did, lowering their "profit", and thus their taxes. It also increases the employees taxes (or reduces their refund). And if the employee complains, her hours are cut, or she is let go.
Applebee's has never produced a good meal.
what to learn is don't eat at Applebees ever again; and if a black woman minister ever sits in your station, tell the manager you are feeling sick and need to sit a moment.