tipping jarChintzy tippers beware: Waiters and delivery drivers are naming names on a website. LousyTippers.com is a list of customers who have left small or no tips. Stiffed workers in the restaurant biz just fill in an online form and presto! Instant infamy for the "bad" tipper.

Wow. I mean, I get it -- delivery drivers and waiters are pissed and they want to fight back somehow. People should understand how hard they work and how little they get paid. Once a customer leaves there's no way to retroactively spit in their food. (Not that anyone should do that.) It's not fair! Fight the power and all that. But this website just seems to bring out the worst in people -- and some of them really go too far.

YES, I looked up my name and NO, I'm not on it. Are you? You can actually search for your name to find out if you've been outed as a Scrooge. If, god forbid, you happen to find your own name wrongfully on the list (because why would you ever not tip a deserving server?) you can dispute the claim and maybe they'll consider removing it.

It's bad enough that the site lists people's full names. But the truly creepy bit is that fill-in-the-blank area that says "restaurant or address." Apparently people sometimes list a customer's home address or phone number!

Isn't that illegal? If not, it definitely crosses a line. Especially when the angry contributor invites people to "call or text" the tipper's "ass."

Eater has gone through the trouble of combing through the database and uncovering the really nasty comments. Bless their hearts. Here's a sample: "Stay in what ever foreign country you live in PLEASE." Yeesh. And that's one of the milder ones! Apparently the database is a haven for racists and homophobes. I don't know -- I think it's just inevitable that a site like this would attract jerks.

Do you think LousyTippers.com goes too far?

 

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