Woman uses 'Single Mom' Excuse for Terrible Tip, But Is It Just a Bad Joke?

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single mom tip receipt“Sorry, I’m a single mom …” Ah, the single mom card. I’ve started using it myself recently, and I get it. Many aspects of life really do get harder when you become a single parent. But when I saw the restaurant bill a Redditor posted recently, I actually started to resent that excuse. The bill comes to $138.35. And by the “Tip” blank? “Single mom, sorry. Thank you it was great!”

For real?

First came the flood of righteous indignation. You can afford to spend $140 to eat out but you can’t afford to tip? Why aren’t you eating at home instead? What if your server was also a single mom? Who does this? Has she no shame? In what other flaky ways is she using that excuse? “Sorry, can’t buy myself and my kids shoes so I just bought myself these Louboutins — single mom!” This woman gives all single moms a bad name, and she needs to clean up her act before the responsible single moms brigade comes after her.

But once I got that obvious reaction out of my system, I started to have doubts. Was this receipt even real, or was it just a troll baiting fake? It wouldn’t be the first time a scandalous tip posted on Reddit turned out to be a hoax. I would think of all people, a single mom would be more sympathetic to waitstaff. The only detail that makes me think the receipt is legit is that note on the bottom: “Thanks, it was great!” It’s so like a mom to make sure the server still thought they did a good job. But still. I just don’t want to believe a single mom would do this. We’re a little wiser than that, aren’t we?

I’m not the only one who suspects it’s a hoax. Lindsay Cross of Mommyish refuses to believe a single mom really left that tip. She says, “Honestly, the more I think about how anyone would do this to a waitress, the more I think it’s likely that this was just a very awful prank to make single moms look bad.” Thank you! Yes — it could just be a cruel prank. It could have been some other jerk who didn’t want to tip and decided to blame single moms because, why not? Single moms are total screw-ups anyway, right?

Right. Because a lot of single moms do everything Fred Astaire does only backwards and also without Fred Astaire. But whatever. The big-picture perspective here is that this receipt teaches us nothing we didn’t already know and it changes no minds whatsoever. The minority of people who think tipping is unnecessary will continue thinking so. Most of us who think tipping fairly is the civilized thing to do will continue tipping. People who love hating on single moms will keep hating. Everyone gets a turn on their soap box. Is this really the best use of a restaurant dinner bill? I’d rather just tip, digest, and move on.

Do you think this restaurant bill is real or a hoax?

Image via PhoenixSongFawkes/imgur


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stara... starandseen

Who knows if it's real or fake. But clearly this mom knew that she should tip, but did not want to, hence the written appreciation instead. How many children does she have? That total is pretty high. I guess she wanted a nice meal out and did not want to pay more than she had to.

nonmember avatar Beth

I'm sick of all this single mom stuff. I guess people think single fathers don't exist. But as I single father this must be a joke because unless you have a well paying job no single parents can afford 140$ meal. But if they can, leave a tip, because that server whose making min. wage may also be a single parent.

nonmember avatar Beth

***As I know single fathers,

Bekki... BekkieBoodle

If you go out and have an expensive meal, you should know your gonna have to tip.  Its not like ya went to McDonalds..... this is sad :(

FIMar... FIMarriott

I am a single mom and I don't eat anywhere unless I can tip fairly and generously.

Billi... BillieSmiles

I can't stand the "single mom" excuse. I know many women who have full time live in boyfriends but still play that card and use it for every single thing they can come up with. Woah is me, but "oh we have lived together for 5 years and I love him" but I'm a single mom...  It's pathetic and demeaning to women who actually do raise children on their own.

Tracie Humphrey

I am a single mom of three young boys here and the -only- time I get to go out and eat like that is tax time and that's only once. And if my service was just slightly good to great I leave a tip, -always-! I most definately do not go out to eat and not tip just because I can't afford it and for me not to the waiter/waitress had to have been -horribly- bad.

But in all honesty, this has to be a hoax cause seriously... Who does that kinda crap for real?!?

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