People visit Obz Cafe to give money to 'bullied' waitress

Cape Town - People have been visiting Obz Cafe in Cape Town simply to give money to the waitress who was denied a tip by a Rhodes Must Fall Oxford leader.

The waitress, and her supporters, have also got more then she bargained for when people from all over the world dug into their own pockets to raise R44 777 for her.

On Tuesday, Die Burger reported the figure to be as high as R120 000.

The money will be deposited into her account by the end of the day, and according to her colleagues at Obz Cafe, customers are still popping by simply to put some cash in her hand.

Student activist Ntokozo Qwabe claimed the waitress had burst into tears when he and his friends visited the Cape Town bistro on Thursday. 

He posted on Facebook: "We are out at ObzCafe… and the time for the bill comes. Our waitress is a white woman. I ask… what the going rate for tips/gratuity is in these shores. They look at me very reluctantly and they say 'give me the slip‚ I'll sort that out'. I give them the slip.

"They take a pen & slip in a note where the gratuity/tip amount is supposed to be entered. The note reads in bold:

"WE WILL GIVE TIP WHEN YOU RETURN THE LAND". The waitress comes to us with a card machine for the bill to be sorted out. She sees the note & starts shaking. She leaves us & bursts into typical white tears (like why are you crying when all we've done is make a kind request? lol!)."

‘Simple act of kindness’

Sihle Ngobese, spokesperson for social development MEC Albert Fritz, in his personal capacity went to the hangout on Friday to hand over a R50 to the waitress in what he called a "simple act of kindness".

When his friend Roman Cabanac saw Ngobese's tweet about his gesture, a social media fundraiser was launched in which the two friends thought they would raise "a few hundred bucks".

"And from a few tweets [this happened]," an overwhelmed Cabanac said. 

Ngobese described the generosity from strangers as "God-ordained".

"It was an anti-bullying and anti-hate gesture," he said.

"This whole story started with the emotional abuse of a woman and ended with an affirmation of what South Africa is when we work together."

Tears of joy

When he gave the waitress an update of the amount which has been raised for her, she burst into tears, but this time tears of joy.

"This is a woman who put her life on hold to bust tables as her mother has cancer," he said.

The waitress's colleagues said she was overwhelmed by strangers who also walked into the Observatory bistro with the sole purpose of handing over a tip.

"One man waited for her for an hour to give her money," one said incredulously.

They describe her as a "spunky" young woman who was unlikely to have cried after her interaction with Qwabe and the group.

Cabanac said there would be no pomp and ceremony when they hand over the proceeds of the fundraiser.

"We will just be paying it into her account, because all we wanted to do was help this lady in Cape Town."

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