Before doing a stunt double at a pizza parlor in Florida last year, Grace Velez pulled her hair into a braid past her waist. What he experienced that day surprised him. Regulars who don't usually tip don't put their money in the pizza tin jar. Some parents waved to Velez, 21, after losing money.
About halfway through her shift, the University of North Florida student began to suspect that her breasts were doubling at the rim. He usually makes $45 to $75 in tips on his double shifts, but that day he made $140.
He made a tiktok of what happened. The post has been viewed 1.4 million times and comments have been shared by others with similar experiences.
The reactions were different, even from the same person. On the one hand, Cornaro's response has fueled the belief that young women are worshipped, especially among men. Servers, on the other hand, earn more money.
When Bella Woodard saw Velez's TikTok how the "tail" was making extra money, she decided to give it a try.
"If it works, it's so weird and disgusting," Woodard told the ponytailed TikTok before taking it to the North Carolina restaurant. "But I'm open to more suggestions, so that's fine."
A 21-year-old typically makes $200 to $400 in tips per night. Since switching to crowns, the tip has gone from about $400 to $500.
Velez and Woodard are part of the viral TikTok trend, which shows that wearing horns is a plus. However, the incident has also sparked criticism of how women in the service sector are judged based on their looks.
While the server's history is far from a science, experts aren't surprised.
"It's unfortunate," said Sekau Sibi, CEO and president of the worker-led nonprofit Restaurant Opportunity Center United. "I had a daughter who worked in a restaurant in college. She changed restaurants four times because of situations like this."
Women in work roles sometimes encourage their bosses to dress provocatively, said Juan Madera, a University of Houston professor who specializes in industrial and organizational psychology.
Madera added that the "customer is always right" mentality encourages employees to resist sexual harassment.
"A lot of servers see it as part of the job … they're going to be harassed … and sexually harassed by customers," Madera said.