A banker left a 1% tip in defiance of ‘the 99%’ at a Newport Beach restaurant the other week, according to his dining companion and underling who snapped a photo of the receipt and posted it to his blog, Future Ex Banker (which is now offline), reports The Huffington Post.
After dining on a meal at a boutique Newport Beach, California restaurant, the banker left only $1.33 on a $133.54 tab. Adding insult to injury, he gave the server, Breanna, another tip: ‘Get a real job.’
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the banker’s belligerent behaviour at True Food Kitchen was documented by his dining companion, who posted a photo of the receipt to Twitter, alerting Eater’s Receiprocity blog.
In posting the photo, the employee gave some background on his boss and the receipt: “Mention the “99%” in my boss’ presence and feel his wrath.”
“So proudly does he wear his 1% badge of honor that he tips exactly 1% every time he feels the server doesn’t sufficiently bow down to his Holiness. Oh, and he always makes sure to include a ‘tip’ of his own.”
The Future Ex-Banker blog included additional background on his boss, and some insight into why he would out his gross behavior, likely resulting in an employment status of current ex-banker:
“I work in the corporate office of a major bank for a boss who represents everything wrong with the financial industry: blatant disregard and outright contempt for everyone and everything he deems beneath him.”
“On top of that, he’s a complete and utter tool. At the same time, I’m still cashing paychecks, an admittedly willing—albeit reluctant—cog in the wheel of this increasingly ugly industry, so I’ve created this blog as a confessional of sorts. It won’t entirely clear my conscience, but hopefully it’ll help. I’m sure I’ll get fired eventually. Until then, enjoy.”
A hostess for True Food Kitchen told LAList.com that she had heard about the receipt but could neither confirm nor deny if it was real, nor if she remembered the customer.
‘We have no statement on the issue,’ she said.
Later, in a conversation with The Huffington Post, Mike Wilcox, the vice president of operations for True Food Kitchen, gave some insight into how the company was treating the incident since the receipt began receiving attention online.
“The first thing we’re going to do is to make sure the server is taken care of,” Wilcox said, “and make sure the server wasn’t treated badly or insufficiently tipped.”
He explained that they would be asking Breanna, the server named on the receipt, if she recalled the table and how her service was.
“If her service was up to the level” they assume their employees would deliver, Wilcox said, “they would do everything they can to make it up to her somehow.”
Referring to online comments posted about the receipt, Wilcox noticed, “people are asking us to ban the person from the restaurant — if more information came through on who the person is I first would love to talk to him.”
While servers often receive the brunt of a diner’s anger in form of a low or non-existent tip, it is customary to tip a minimum of 15 per cent for good service.