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Douchebag banker leaves waiter a $1.33 tip on a $133 bill.

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Customer leaves $1.33 tip on food bill of $133.54
Customer leaves $1.33 tip on food bill of $133.54

Hmm, here’s a story making the rounds today: A son of a bixch banker leaving a one percent tip on a restaurant bill that came to $133.54. The story only went viral after his eating companion took a picture of the bill and posted it on twitter which caught the  attention of a food blog who posted a blog on the incident before removing the post later. Also causing furore was what the banker wrote on the bottom of the bill: ‘GET A REAL JOB.’

Wrote the blogger originally: ‘I work in the corporate office of a major bank for a boss who represents everything wrong with the financial industry.’

The blogger said that his boss will tip exactly one per cent of the bill ‘every time he feels the server doesn’t sufficiently bow down to his Holiness.’

‘(My boss) has blatant disregard and outright contempt for everyone and everything he deems beneath him.

‘On top of that,’ the banker wrote, ‘he’s a complete and utter tool.’

Of course this all raises questions about what makes for good dinner behavior, what is an appropriate tip, why if technically if a tip is always at the customer’s discretion why we still get unnerved if the customer leaves the waiter a bad tip and how perhaps this implies that in some way despite the hand wringing that it is not the case that we actually live in a class system that sees those who are well off behave in a condescending way towards those individuals who they perceive to be below there social rung, this despite the fact that most people in the service industry are often pursuing vocations if they pan out can lead to the sky is the fortune and the adulation by the same kind of customer who a little while ago may have unwittingly been rude. Then again maybe waiters wouldn’t fuss about their tips if restaurant owners paid them a legitimate wage instead of passing the buck to the customer, even if the restaurateur like to tell you they’d be forced to charge higher prices for food. Well, guess what, they charge quite a bit for food as is.

The restaurant for its part, True Food Kitchen out of Newport Beach, California has declined to make a public statement except that it will do everything in its power to make it up to the server.

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  • READ THIS

    This story is FAKE, http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/1-percent-tip-hoax-debunked/vGFRY/
    the joke is on all of you.

  • This is beyond hysterical. I can’t stop laughing!

  • CB

    “Reality check: cute girls get the highest tips. Just kidding. ” NO you are NOT kidding about that. It is completely true and even more so in Bar Tending. In fact, many bars and some restaurants will come up with every reason to not hire someone the owner or manager doesn’t find attractive. Forget it if you are a guy. It happens but not often. During the same shift my “attractive” friend makes around double the tips that her coworker, who doesn’t fit our idea of pretty, but is much friendlier, competent and much more experienced server. Sad but true. Even so I consider them both lucky to take home between $700 and $1200 for three 8hr(at most) days. As a young(ish) male who doesn’t have a piece of paper from a College or University, and who devoted himself to a difficult and dangerous trade that was profitable before the Govt got involved and let greed, Political Correctness, and cheap illegal labor take over, I would love to have a job as a server. Thanks to affirmative action and the constant and unending misuse and blatant ignorance or what constitutes racism, young white males are truly at the bottom of the rung. Waiting tables sounds just fine, even putting up with idiots like the 1% tipper with the great advice. Its work and like a previous poster mentioned it is a great job to have when you need the flexibility to go back to school or lean a new trade. Good luck to all who have to deal with individuals like said wanker, i mean banker

  • CB

    sorry Oh Lord, that was not meant as a reply to you.

  • CB

    What is it with this idea that our servers are paid $4 an hour??? never met one, or bartender making more than $2 an hour. not sure if I have even seen it that high and I live in an expensive area with lots of nice resterraunts and nothing but service Jobs waiting on temp parasites from CT, NJ and NY. The NJ visitors are the worst by far as customers and human beings. Anyway… Hope someone shoots him if its all true.

  • guest

    “The cost of waiting staff should be borne by the restaurant in the same way as all other businesses build this cost in.”

    If the restaurant did this the customer would end up paying more too. Servers make anywhere from $2-4 an hour, tips make up the difference in that and minimum wage. You up the restaurants labor costs and they are gonna have to make up their money somewhere, and that place is an increase in food/alcohol prices.

  • Oh Lord

    reallydjonky:

    It isn’t a sense of entitlement, it is a sense of wanting to live. Perhaps you’re very naive and don’t understand restaurants don’t actually pay their waiters and busboys/gals a minimum wage from their own profit (neither do pizza places), but they make an estimate of how much they’ll get from tip and see that as a compensation. So as state below a waiter/busboy(gal) really is only paid around four dollars an hour from the restaurant, and they’re expected to make up the rest in tips.

    Also keep in mind many waiters/waitresses split the tip with the busboys/gals as well as the cooks at the end of the day just so everyone can try to make out ‘okay’ (and okay is a very subjective idea).

    Restaurants don’t really care what you tip their waiters, all they care is you remain naive enough (as you seem to be, and many other customers) to think that the waiters are making at the very least minimum wage (before tips) off the price of the meal they’re charging you.

    Except they’re not. They’re still charging you a lot while paying the waiters very little.

    So while they do that and you wonder oh no why am I expected to tip this waiter, it is my discretion, please remember one thing: You could always get off your ass and make your own damn food, and not have someone up and get you everything.

    Until then, tip very little and enjoy eating someone’s spit the next time you dine there.

  • Reallydjonky

    Besides the “Get a real job” comment, which does make the guy an arsehole, what is the issue? Tips are not guaranteed, they are discretionary and to be paid only when the service is so good that you want to reward the waiter. This sense of entitlement to a ten percent (and in some cases higher) gratuity is ridiculous.

    You don’t tip the person selling you shoes, so why should you do so with food?

    The cost of waiting staff should be borne by the restaurant in the same way as all other businesses build this cost in.

  • Anonymous

    Reality check: cute girls get the highest tips. Just kidding. What the banker did is uncalled for it is an obvious sign of his own insecurity. The waiter/waitress must have threatened him in some way for him to write the nasty note. Had he written:”Here your tip for bad service.” I can even understand. But what he wrote was intended to attack the dignity of the server. By demeaning the person’s job, the banker, in some sick way, tried to agrandize himself.

    Despite the fact that in 120-130 years from now both waiter and banker will be 6 footer under and nobody will care or know they even stopped by this earth, people should not demean others because of the type of work they do.

    Snobs shouldn’t think that just because a person waits on tables that he or she has no other talents, skills or potential. Many top movies stars and celebrities waited on tables.

    It sounds like this banker thinks too much of himself by virtue of his income and his status as a banker, that others, including his own employees are somewhat inferior to him.

    He’s overcompensating for something he doesn’t have or will never have. It could be something as simple as having his youth back. Or hair. Or a soul.

    It is possible that this guy is used to be bowed down to and the waiter/waitress simply did his/her job and didn’t kiss his butt. A real man and a real mature person would simply ignore the bad service and go eat elsewhere next time.

    There is no need for a mentally stable, grown person to try to humiliate a restaurant server. The world is full of good, bad and wicked people. It’s been that way from the beginning and it won’t change anytime soon.

    And, successful restaurant owners and franchisees should pay people a salary PLUS tips.

  • Mrkbs

    Let’s learn to write in English before we rant about how much the United States sucks.

  • Fermin13

    If you make a mistake at your workplace or you feel like no talking and your boss decises to pay you 1/2 of your salray do you think is fair and ok?? anybody can have a bad day, there is no reason for anybody to steal your “salary” waiter makes tip and $4.00 the hour, they have family and children, if you don;t like the service make a complain to the owner,don’t steal his salary that he needs to survice, and regarding the comment at lest the waiter is not a corrupt banker, and he is a decent person trying to make a living, the banker became a banker by stealing and lying and look what is going on to the house markets people are left with their homes because they fell “on the baker” scheme..if you don’t know the story get real read, read,there is no exuses for being “ignorant”.

  • Fermin13

    you’re right at customers discretion with no consideration to the waiter, which he makes $4.00 the hour, has no sick pay, no paid vacation, no health insurance, and only lives on the customer tip, the tip should be between 15 and 20 should be a salary, because don’t take that in consideration, would you work 10 or 11 hours a day making $4.05 the hous and taken home $100 on tip if you are lucky, can you and your family survive, I don;t think so, people see the job as a low downgradr job, who will seved you if there was no waiter,
    I worked as a waiter for a while and let me tell you is hard work and people has no consideration, you get blame for the food being loudsy, if the food is late, the waiter has no control on the Kitche, the owner care less…
    In Europe they respect water the percentage is part of the bill, they get health insurance free by the govt, they get paid vation a month, bonus at christams,the Union see there is no abuse from your employer..see the difference…

  • Fermin13

    you are right, the 15 to 20 should be part of the bill, this is always done in Europe, here a waiter makes $4.05 per hous he lives with the tip, and is a decent job, the waiter has a family and has to live too, some people feels the dersve no tip if the food is cold, or comes late, is not the fault of the waiter but the kitchen but I blame the owner of the restaurant, here inthe US has no job security, and the emplyee has to play the way the eployer wants and if you get fired, good luck, you have no job security, some restaurants the waiter has no vacation, no sick pay, no bonus and forget about health insurance,same happens in other paces of employments, if the boss had a “bad” night he may fired you no reason, if you are lucky you might collect unemployment and you nothing more, I lived in Europe I had a month vacation, bonus at christmas, sick pay, health insurance through the government and hada union, if by any chance they letme go they willl have to paid me a large chunk of money, and a compensation for the rest of my lives..How about that, big mistake, moving to the US the land of the free and the capitalist, only the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer.

  • Fermin13

    you are right, the 15 to 20 should be part of the bill, this is always done in Europe, here a waiter makes $4.05 per hous he lives with the tip, and is a decent job, the waiter has a family and has to live too, some people feels the dersve no tip if the food is cold, or comes late, is not the fault of the waiter but the kitchen but I blame the owner of the restaurant, here inthe US has no job security, and the emplyee has to play the way the eployer wants and if you get fired, good luck, you have no job security, some restaurants the waiter has no vacation, no sick pay, no bonus and forget about health insurance,same happens in other paces of employments, if the boss had a “bad” night he may fired you no reason, if you are lucky you might collect unemployment and you nothing more, I lived in Europe I had a month vacation, bonus at christmas, sick pay, health insurance through the government and hada union, if by any chance they letme go they willl have to paid me a large chunk of money, and a compensation for the rest of my lives..How about that, big mistake, moving to the US the land of the free and the capitalist, only the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer.

  • Lee

    Board of Directors- Jon Wilcox, CEO, California Republic Bank, Orange County Regional Head Office

  • Drwiens

    Before everybody goes off the deep on on this “horrible banker” I’d like to know what the server did. I have had some service that is so crappy that I felt I should have gotten a full refund (food was great but service was just terrible). Granted his comment was a bit off color, but again, we don’t know if the server did something just as off color. Two wrongs don’t make a right….but before we start throwing stones let’s make sure the windows are open in the glass house. Is the title of this story any better thant the comment left by the “banker”? We feel ok judging the banker because he’s rich, but to simply call him a “douchebag” after hearing only one side of the story?….guess that just proves the writer is just as biggoted and opinionated…and probably as wrong as he wants us to THINK the banker is…..now who’s the douchebag?

  • Anonymous

    “Get a real job”… how is that an insult to her ability?

  • Anonymous

    More disturbed by the restaurant making excuses for the customer… http://www.facebook.com/FoxRestaurantConcepts?ref=ts

  • HJB

    What a douchenozzle.

  • Bertbad25

    After that remark you should realizes that the tip and comment were meant to go hand in hand, it was done out of malice and to offend with that said I’m sure the waiter deserved more! What this bankers needs to do with the 14% he didn’t use to tip is go buy a book on dining etiquette! Or a fucking clue!

  • getareallife

    First of all, coming from canada, where food costs and operating costs are much higher, the argument that a restaurant owner can’t pay a decent wage is a load of crap. I’ve dined out in the states and haven’t noticed a difference in prices between the two countries and we still tip 15-20 percent for good service. Makes me think that with lower employee costs they must be making a killing.

    Second. This banker is a complete and utter asshole. I hope that someone gets ahold of his picture and posts it on the internet so he can’t go anywhere for service. I don’t know what or even if the waitress did anything to deserve a terrible tip, but the comment is completely uncalled for. To tell someone to get a real job is a) not this douches place and b) is completely insulting to anyone who works in the service industry. The service industry is a real job.

    This guy should get a real life.

  • Hiimterry2009

    I’ll bet this was in response to something the waitress did or said. Let’s not beatify her.

  • Bpcmanager

    I’ve been a tipped employee for thirty four years. Tipping is optional and every tipped employee knows this. However, the note the person left is what’s troubling. I hope this insensitive jerk is exposed not for what he tipped but for what he said. If there server had called him out on his advice she probably would not have a job as a consequence. Hopefully Mr Idiot will be held accountable by his employer for what he did as well.

  • Deepblu97

    this is why a 15% -20% tip should be added to the bill if the restaurant cant afford to pay a decent wage.The larger the bill, more work is involved.The tip is meant as a insult and a legal way to steal out of the pockets of hardworking people. If the service was exceptional,the patron is entitled to tip additional.Lets call it what it is: exploitation and should not be tolerated by the restaurant owners,or in this country as a matter of fact..No need to confront a customer after the fact,on the menus it could be stated,and the bills presented as such.

  • Mock

    He did what he could do which was put him on blast for the world to see. Had he done something that day, he could have ended up working at that restaurant

  • Me

    A tip is always at the customer’s discretion, There is no law that states how much one has to give there server, How do we know how his service relay was, As far as “get a Real job” note, that was uncalled for, It might have been to only job that the server could found. And waiting tables is a real job. But the real problem here is not the server’s tip amount, The poster did not call his boss out on this. If he cared about this server he would have at lest backed the bus over his boss no mater what the out come.

  • Olstar18

    If it was just him eating lunch it wouldn’t matter to much if the tip was small but the fact that it was over a hundred suggests that it was multiple people eating and the fact that he would right such an idiotic statement. If I was the manager I woulda stopped him as he went out the door to tell him that he is banned from the premises until he gets a real job and finds out what it is like to actually work for a living.