Skip to comments.Bad tippers and bitter waitresses
Posted on 11/26/2005 9:50:03 AM PST by smoothsailing
Bad tippers and bitter waitresses
By Jack Kemp (not the politician) Nov. 26, 2005
Once, years ago, I heard a heard a lecture by a rabbi on dating. He advised that if your date treats a waiter/waitress or a busboy in a condescending and mean manner, that is the way they will treat you after a while if you were to marry them. Today's New York Post had an article about cheap celebrity tippers listed on the website www.bitterwaitress.com.
I went there to see how many well known political "champions of the little guy and gal" rated. I cross referenced the website with liberals from Bernard Goldberg's One Hundred People Screwing Up America.
Let's see. First up, Michael Moore, 3% tip.
Tipper's Name: Michael Moore (yes THAT Michael Moore)
Where it happened: Los Angeles
Total bill / Tip amount / Percentage: $452.25 / $17.74 / 3%
OK I ran my ass off for this guy and his friends. Funny I didnt know this guy had friends, maybe they were kissups. 2.5 hours they spent shoveling food down their fat faces. Numerous refills. By the way MM is a pompous ass judging from his treatment of the staff.
Let's see again. Barbra Streisand, 2% tip.
Tipper's Name: Barbra Streisand
Where it happened: New York
Total bill / Tip amount / Percentage: $457.00 / $10.00 / 2%
She demanded the best table, acting rude to everyone and then barely tipped.
Next "champion of the people," Jessie Jackson 9% tip.
Tipper's Name: Jesse Jackson
Where it happened: Kansas City
Total bill / Tip amount / Percentage: $228.00 / $22.00 / 9%
What happened: rude,arrogant,demanding and cheap
Next up, Sen. John Kerry, 2% tip.
Tipper's Name: John F. Kerry
Where it happened: St. Louis
Total bill / Tip amount / Percentage: $773.24 / $20.00 / 2%
Added $20.00 on the signature line and then scribbled a little note to vote for him. What a load of crap.
Kerry's former running mate, Sen. John Edwards, 2% tip.
Tipper's Name: John Edwards
Where it happened: Washington, D.C.
Total bill / Tip amount / Percentage: $746.25 / $13.75 / 1%
This is the guy running for Vice President Sat in our private section for 3 1/2 hours and left less than 2%. Jackass.
Former VP Al Gore. 8% tip.
Tipper's Name: Former VP Al Gore
Where it happened: Alexandria, VA
Total bill / Tip amount / Percentage: $40.00 / $3.50 / 8%
Al and Tipper Gore were regulars at the restaurant I used to work at. You'd think this would be cool, waiting on a former Vice President. And it would be, if not for the fact that Al Gore is cheap.
Last time they came in, Tipper actually spilled her beer on me (it's not smart to gesture wildly with a bottle of Corona on your table). She didn't apologizehe apologized for her. Still. Less than 10%. You'd think they'd know that the 'underclass' the Democrats claim to represent are people like waitresses in VA making $2.13 an hour. Guess not.
Lastly, Sean Penn, 0% tip. Nada. Zip. Zero.
Tipper's Name: Sean Penn
Where it happened: New Orleans
Total bill / Tip amount / Percentage: $450.00 / $0.00 / 0%
Sean Penn is in New Orleans filming & came into my restaurant with 3 other people. Waited on them hand and foot. The bill $450.00 the tip: none. Cheapskate.
There you have it. The champions of "fairness" and "the little guy." Yes, President Bush and VP Cheney made the website as well. But who is claiming them as champions of the poor and oppressed victims, advocating extra government payments to make up for past suffering, etc.?
Thomas Lifson adds:
I have followed Bitter Waitress for years. It is well-known in the food and beverage industry, and at least at the upscale restaurants, it has a big following among the wait staff. When one of these bozos comes in, they usually will not treat them overtly rudely. But vengeance of another sort may sometimes occur. Let the diner beware.
Most people realize that watitrons (that's the non-sex-specific term favored theses days, believe it or not) are usually paid less than minimum wage, and that tips provide the margin of survival (to use leftist terminology) for them. To stiff a tip is to relegate someone to below minimum wage. This makes the behavior of these compassionate liberals all the more phony. Judge them by their deeds not their words.
I absolutely agree with Jack's rabbi that the best way to judge someone's character is to observe behavior with those who have no power or standing, and to do so in private in the case of celebrities and politicians. I have used this as a guide to friendships for almost my entire life, and it has proven highly reliable.
What kind of moron, who is a billionaire and running for President, grossly undertips?
A good tip might be worth a half dozen votes.
If Leftists weren't invariably atheists, they'd think they were God's gift to God.
The kind who thinks he's entitled to the Presidency because he's "so sophisticated" and "so progressive" and "so international", that's who.
There was another story about chartity giving with the same message earlier this week. The liberal states don't give...they expect another government program.
I told them I'm already rich. My life is blessed.
I think EVERYONE in life should work in a restaurant setting. It gives you an understanding of actually WORKING for your pay. When these liberal wealthy folk stiff them - shame on them!
Bonds* and other coddled type just always assume some worshipper is picking up the tab.
LOL! That's a great line, PC, and how true!
I think part of the problem is that none of these "special" people has ever been a waiter, or held any other real-life job. People who've been there are much more likely to be polite to a waiter (and tip an adequate one generously), and to be pleasant to a store clerk, security guard, etc.
(Note to self, make sure all offspring work at least one service job.)
And if, as chef, I get tipped by a client, I split the tip with the kitchen, including the dish-washer. $600 was the largest tip I ever received. My kitchen was very happy that night.
Many don't realize that not only do they earn well below minimum wage, they also have to give a percentage of their food SALES to the busboy and bartender.
Leftists, it seems, are only generous with other people's money.
That is why they always want more of YOUR money.
That's what I thought about. Seems the poor are more willing to help the poor. Liberals have always been more talk than action, though.
Of all of those I can't believe the John Kerry one-after all it is not his money-it's Theeeeraaaaza'a he didn't lift a finger for it-you would think he, as is his fashion, would be a little more "liberal" with it.
I always ask the following question on tip threads: when calculating the 20%, does one use the pre- or post-tax total?
A blast from the past -- this gem was left out:
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