Victoria Liss vs. The Bad Tipper: Taking Our Frustrations to Social Media

Photography by Victoria Liss, via Facebook

Two weeks after I had my second baby, a mere 20 months after I had delivered my first baby, a relative of mine suggested that it was “time to start losing the baby weight.” Needless to say, I was shocked, hurt and angry at her unsolicited advice. It was 2002, years before people were using social media and before I had a blog of my own. If this had happened to me now, I can assure you that I would have taken my frustrations to my blog, to Twitter and to Facebook.

For this very reason, I was completely unsurprised that Victoria Liss, a Seattle-based waitress, posted a photo of a little unsolicited advice of her own on her Facebook wall:

“P.S. You could stand to loose [sic] a few pounds.”

Liss immediately began receiving supportive messages. There are currently 73 comments on her photo and it has been shared 154 times. Both the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail have covered the story, as well as numerous other media outlets. Most people agree that this man was completely out of line with his “tip.”

But now, some people are arguing that while the “Bad Tipper” was tactless, Victoria Liss was in the wrong as well, for taking out her anger in such a public way.

Do you think Liss was out of line for publicly shaming her rude customer, or do you think her actions were justified?

—Ali, senior associate editor of

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