The bartender keeps the wallet as collateral to make sure the customer pays

It wasn’t the fun night he expected.

A Tennessee bartender has gone viral on TikTok for explaining why she kept a customer’s wallet after his cards were declined.

In the video, Jemima June, who usually posts on popular social media app on her customer interactions shows how she attempted to charge the man $27 for photo shoots when his card was declined.

After returning his card to the man, he attempted to pay with another card, which was also declined.

A Tennessee bartender has gone viral on TikTok for keeping a man’s wallet after his credit cards were twice declined.
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“[G]being annoyed because he acts like it’s no big deal and he just won’t pay for it,” the video’s text reads.

According to June, the bar she works at in Nashville has a liquor account where every drop must be accounted for, and if a customer doesn’t pay, then she does.

“Well, I need $27 right now because you already took the pictures,” June can be heard saying in the clip.

The man then allegedly told her that her friend would pay for the drinks, but June, realizing the man was drunk and unlikely to return, asked for her wallet as collateral.

“Go get me $27 and I’ll give you back your wallet,” June said.

“You are wasting my time, all these people are waiting to drink.”

Jemima June posted the video showing her attempting to charge the hapless man $27 for a shot of booze when his card declined.
Jemima June posted a video showing her trying to charge a customer $27 for shots when her card was declined.
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The man attempted to give her another card which was also declined.
The man attempted to give her another card, which was also declined.
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According to June, the bar she works at in Nashville has a liquor account where every drop of liquor has to be paid for, or else June has to pay for it herself.
According to June, the bar she works at in Nashville has a liquor account where every drop must be paid for.
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Almost an hour later, the man returned with his friend to pay the bill.

The video, which was viewed 12.2 million times since Saturday, has resonated with hundreds of people in the service industry.

“Very professional!! customers have no right to get mad at the end of the day doing your job and protecting the liquor license,” one user commented.

The man allegedly told her that her friend would pay for the drinks, but June, realizing the man was drunk and likely wouldn't return, asks for her wallet as collateral.
The man allegedly told her that her friend would pay for the drinks, but June, realizing the man was drunk and unlikely to return, asked for her wallet as collateral.
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Almost an hour later, the man returns with his friend to pay the bill.
Almost an hour later, the man returned with his friend to pay the bill.
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“Being a bartender at a busy bar like this seems like the most stressful job ever,” one of the top commenters said.

Others joked about the man’s wallet.

“Two cards declined for a $27 payout and he thinks what you gonna get out of his wallet??? fluff,” one user joked.

“What does he think you’re going to steal from his wallet?” he has no money lmao,” another viewer said.

Some users seemed more concerned with the supposed alcohol count.

“Idk on Tennessee labor laws, but most states. They can’t legally charge you for an unpaid tab or ticket because that’s considered theft,” one user said.

According at the Ministry of Laboremployers of tipped employees are not permitted to “take deductions for walkouts, cash register shortages, breakage, cost of uniforms, etc.”, as the deductions would result in the employee earning less than the minimum wage.