Olive Garden Waiter Fired After Lying About Cancer For More Tips

An Olive Garden waiter lied to customers about him having cancer and received over $125 in tips to go towards his treatment

Jason Kisner
Jason Kisner, Southaven Police Department

An Olive Garden employee was recently fired after he lied to customers about him suffering from cancer, so he could get more tips out of sympathy.

Jason Kisner was employed by the Italian Restaurant chain for three months before being released. Diners claimed that when they were served at the Olive Garden, based in Southhaven, Mississippi, by Jason, the waiter told them he was suffering from cancer and would like an additional tip to fund his treatment.

One family who ate at the Olive Garden in October claimed that Jason told them of his cancer and they promptly handed him $125 as a tip after feeling sympathetic about his story.

One customer claimed Jason kept talking about how he had a lot going on his life, including his cancer coming back, his lies were effective in increasing his regular tip.

Olive Garden has since fired Jason Kisner and have released a statement, “This individual’s actions are inconsistent with our company’s values and he no longer works for us. We are working to contact the guests and we will reimburse them for the $125 they gave the server.”

Unfortunately, Jason has avoided jail time as customers willingly gave him money, he can’t legally face charges.

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