restaurant checkThere are few things that set me spiraling into a tizzy more than when I'm dining out with someone who refuses to tip fairly. I'm pretty certain that had I been a dining companion of this banker in Newport Beach, California, I would have gone off my rocker. The jerk is being accused of leaving his waitress a tip of 1 percent on a lunch bill for $133. Are you doing the math? That's a paltry $1.33 tip after this guy (and some of his employees) stuffed their pie-holes full of $133 worth of food. And that's NOT the worst of it ...

In addition to circling the word "tip" on the bill, the banker allegedly wrote, "Get a real job." Ugh! Doesn't it just turn your stomach to know there are such arrogant, despicable people in the world?

It should be mentioned that this story came to light after someone who was dining with the banker put the receipt on his blog; it's since been taken down, which does raise questions as to how much of this story is actually true. Update: The story has since been confirmed as a hoax. Nevertheless, there are some really crappy tippers out there, shoving expensive food down their gullets and refusing to compensate their servers appropriately. This sort of disgusting behavior must be stopped.

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: If you can afford to go out to eat, then you can afford to leave a fair gratuity. Even if your server is having an off night, they are still providing a basic service and absolutely deserve to be paid accordingly. You certainly don't have to shell out 20 percent after a night of mediocre service; but most people would agree at least 10 percent -- 15 percent if you're a kind soul -- is more than appropriate. And if you don't, well, I'm wondering what kind of chip you have on your shoulder.

Think about it this way: No matter what our profession is, we all have off days. Maybe you spent the day gchatting with your husband instead of doing whatever it is that you do to bring in your paycheck. Does that mean you only get 1 percent of your salary? Of course not. It just means you had an unproductive day, and you'll do better tomorrow. But you aren't punished for it. Why should it be any different for those who work in the service industry? Which, by the way, is absolutely a REAL JOB.

Do you think this banker is a complete jerk?

 

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