A social media story circulating on Twitter and Facebook has it that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stiffed the wait staff after a recent dinner in Saugatuck. DeVos was part of a party that ate at Bowdies Chophouse the weekend before July 4.

According to one Facebook post by a Saugatuck woman, the bill for the evening was $500 and the party left no tip for the wait staff. The post was shared 372 times by July 10.

Tyler Bowdish, who operates Bowdies, said he had seen the social media post but didn’t know how to handle it. Bowdish said he served the DeVos party that night. “I personally took care of them that night. There is no truth to it.”

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