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Waiters Are Getting Stiffed

In today’s Los Angeles Times’ article, “Revenge of the 1%: Stiffing waiters“:

CAPTION: “Friend got this as a tip. I’d be livid.” (Photo via imgur)

Yesterday, L.A. reporters said, that they had little to report about the details of the note above.

The Laist added:

In lieu of a tip, the customer left a note that complained about tax hikes. The customer remarked that, “… as a direct result of Proposition 30 and President Obama’s insistence that I pay “MY FAIR SHARE IN TAXES.” (Reddit.com)

I wish it didn’t have to be this way for both of us.

It’s worth noting that this customer is making $250,000 at the very least, since that’s who is getting hit hardest by California’s Proposition 30 and the recent deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. We’re sure the wait staff is totally commiserating with this guy (or gal) making six digits.

There are few other details about this “tip,” and we’re not sure it’s legit. (We’ve seen stuff like this before.)

The photo was first posted to Reddit by user nickshambo, who says that he lives in Los Angeles.

UPDATE 1/10: It’s not a hoax! There’s some more solid information about a note exactly like this being left at a pizzeria in San Francisco. Read the full update.

I find that I must cut back on discretionary spending and gratuities.

I wish it didn’t have to be this way for both of us.

While this customer is makes $250,000, San Francisco is an expensive city to live in. Additionally, the customer and thousands and thousands of getting stiffed by California’s Proposition 30. “[T]he recent deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. We’re sure the wait staff is totally commiserating with this guy (or gal) making six digits,” as reported in the LAist.

There are few other details about this “tip,” and we’re not sure it’s legit. (We’ve seen stuff like this before.)

So we’re not sure if this is the same instance, the same couple striking again or a terrible new trend for the livelihoods of waiters.

UPDATE 1/10: It’s not a hoax! There’s some more solid information about a note exactly like this being left at a pizzeria in San Francisco.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Couldn’t the President just do an executive order creating a taxpayer-funded waiter’s supplemental income provision? Or perhaps give them a tax break? Oh, wait a minute, their paychecks are smaller because taxes went up. Never mind.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    as a former waiter, it would piss me off initially, because most money for waiters is made from tips.

    But at the same time, I wouldn’t blame the person, I would blame Barry Soetero, he’s the idiot who’s divided americans by income, pitting one side against another. Moron!

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      Obama has turned the rich against the poor. The Poor already did not trust the rich.

      I am not anywhere near rich, but I cut way back on charitable giving last year. Especially Christmas giving. I was feeling the crunch that is very real.

      Obama did not ignite anger of the poor against the rich. They already hated (envied) rich people (doesn’t everyone?).

  • Hokma

    The only time I would do that is if the server either shot their mouth off about voting for Obama or had some kind of Obama pin. Otherwise I would not do it.

    However, I might seek out a restaurant where I know the owner did vote for Obama and leave a note directing the server to the owner for the tip.

    But in all likelihood I would never stiff a server out of a tip. I actually do the opposite.

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      I have a reputation for overtipping. Like Steve Martin in “My Blue Heaven” said, “I don’t believe in tipping. I believe in overtipping”.
      But, in the past two months I find that I no longer over tip. Not out of any animosity, rather because I now need to cut back.

  • Popsmoke

    Who ever left this so-called tip is making a political statement at the expense of some poor waiter/waitress. Bet Mr. Jerkwater would not dare do this at a 4 Star joint!

  • HELENK2

    my husband was a bartender after the printing business went south. My daughters were waitresses after school and on weekends, my granddaughter was a waitress on weekends.
    You can not always expect a tip. There are people who just do not believe in it. You do your job the best you can. Another customer might make up for a bad one.
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    not guaranteed

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      I paid my way through college (and in HS) working in restaurants. This appreciation led me to be more generous than most.
      But I predict there will be many less generous customers making up for the poor/non tippers. I am already less generous. Out of necessity, not animosity.
      Keep taking from a generous person and they will become less generous. It is called human nature. And economics. Opportunity cost = opportunity lost.

  • MG6