Diners Leave Waitress a Nasty, Taunting Note Instead of Tip (PHOTO)

LOL tip receiptLike many college students before her, 20-year-old Jess Jones is working at a restaurant to help pay for school. Unfortunately, Jones was just given the ultimate server diss -- the Belmar, New Jersey, waitress was stiffed on a tip and found a nasty, now-viral note in place of what could have been well-deserved, hard-earned cash.

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Jones shared a photo of the receipt and a post about the situation on Facebook, and the story is now raising interesting questions about the whole concept of tipping in the first place.

Last night, I was stunned by this receipt that was left for me by a party of eight people. I would have preferred a "$0"...

Posted by Jessica Corinne on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Like other servers, Jones only makes $2.50 an hour from the restaurant and thus relies on tip to earn her living. A standard 15 percent tip for this check would have been about $16, a decent wage for an hour of service to a large party.

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Reactions to this story have been all over the map, with current and former servers calling out the customers as rude ass****s to those who wonder why the customers should have to tip at all if they had to wait over an hour for their meal. It is worth noting that this is an issue that wouldn't happen in many other countries where tipping isn't a custom and where servers are paid a higher hourly wage.

As a former waitress, I have to come down on Jones's side on this. An hour is a long time to wait for food, but that isn't her fault. She isn't the cook and she doesn't run the kitchen. All she can do in this situation is exactly what she did: keep the drinks coming, give updates on the status of the orders, and do her best to be cheerful as she tries to keep eight people happy. If the customers were upset, they should take that up with the managers and not punish the server for events out of her control. 

And, really, the "LOL"? That is just adding insult to injury.

 

Image via Jess Jones/Facebook

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