Worst Restaurant Customers Ever Use Religion, Racism as Excuses for Not Tipping Waiters

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It’s one thing to be too cheap to leave a tip at a restaurant. It’s another to justify your cheapness by telling your waitress—via a cowardly message scrawled on the receipt—that you disagree with her “lifestyle.”

Last week, Dayna Morales, a 22-year-old Marine veteran who now works as a waitress at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., waited on a table with a family of four—mom, dad, and two kids about middle-school age. Morales has short black hair and tattoos on her fingers. When she introduced herself to the customers, the woman responded, “Oh, I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You surprised us!”

Morales shrugged off the comment, but then grew outraged when the customers paid their bill, which came to $93.55 before tip. That wound up being the total paid by the family, who instead of a tip instead left a message written on the receipt: “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.”

After Morales posted a photo of the receipt and vented about the incident on Facebook (“Sorry lady but I don’t agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you’re raising your kids”), the story has gone viral. It was picked up by the Huffington Post, the Daily Mail, and many other outlets.

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This isn’t the only incident in which restaurant customers have tried to send some sort of message while conveniently saving themselves a few bucks. A few weeks ago, a 20-year-old waiter at a Carrabba’s in Kansas read a message on a customer receipt stating that his service was “excellent,” but that there would be no tip. “We cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD,” the note read. “F*gs do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours. We hope you will see the tip your f*g choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly.”

After the incident was publicized, the waiter (who has kept his name out of the news) became something of a mini-celebrity, with dozens of customers arriving at Carrabba’s asking to sit in his section as a sign of support, according to the Kansas City Star.

Another waitress found herself the victim of a much less happy ending after an Applebee’s patron left no tip in order to make a stand of sorts. “I give GOD 10% why do you get 18,” a note on the stated on the receipt, which had the automatic 18% gratuity crossed out with a zero left in its place. The receipt was signed by Alois Bell, a pastor in the St. Louis area who asked that everyone involved in the incident be fired after the receipt was uploaded to Reddit. Chelsea Welch, the Applebee’s worker who posted the receipt (but who didn’t actually wait on the pastor), did, in fact, wind up being fired.

“While this story has garnered immense media attention, my story is not uncommon,” Welch wrote in a first-person piece for The Guardian. “Bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job. People get fired to keep customers happy every day.”

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The other examples of restaurant receipts with $0 tips and harsh notes include a Red Lobster customer who left the N word behind in lieu of a tip, and yet another Applebee’s waitress who was stiffed—only this time the justification was apparently that she was overweight. “STOP EATING B*TCH!” the note on the receipt stated.

8 comments
gbt
gbt

Whether or not the stories of this article are true and factual is rather moot.  The principle is what really matters.  Any person who declares himself (or herself) to be a child of the Most High God, the Creator of heaven and earth, must always bear in mind the One whom he is representing in the earth.  To call one's self a Christian (which literally means "Christ-like"), requires a standard of love, care and generosity that goes beyond the normal.  To say one is a Christian and yet be stingy, egocentric and callous is an oxymoron.  Arguments over the details of these stories is without meaning if one ignores the principle of Godliness.  Christians should be the most generous givers on the planet, and that with great joy and gladness.  So argue all you want... we who wish to represent our Saviour well will be giving well to those who serve.  That waitress or waiter often has kids to feed too.

JoeIngram
JoeIngram

So, when can we expect a followup with a correction and your apology?

ByondPolitics
ByondPolitics

This too was a shameful fraud. What's happened to checking facts rather than helping hateful people push self-serving lies?

gbt
gbt

It is a travesty against name of God and his Son Jesus to be cheap to anyone... especially one who is providing a personal service. It's no wonder that people stay away from churches, the very institutions that are called to represent a loving and generous Savior. Shame on any child of God who does this.

And I'll say publicly... double shame on you Alois Bell.  You brag about giving 10% to God, but have totally forgotten the tenets of His word.  You can honor God only by striving to reflect his character.  If I served a god that is as stingy and self serving as you, I'd chose another god.  You should be thanking Him that He showers His abundant mercy and tender lovingkindness on you.  He meets all your needs and only asks that you help in meeting the needs of others.  Yes... shame on you.

And for any Christian reading this:  If you disagree with these comments, please change your behavior... or change your name.

gbt
gbt

It is a travesty against name of God and his Son Jesus to be cheap to anyone... especially one who is providing a personal service. It's no wonder that people stay away from churches, the very institutions that are called to represent a loving and generous Savior. Shame on any child of God who does this.

And I'll say publicly... double shame on you Alois Bell.  You brag about giving 10% to God, but have totally forgotten the tenets of His word.  You can honor God only by striving to reflect his character.  If I served a god that is as stingy and self serving as you, I'd chose another god.  You should be thanking our God that He showers His character on you... full of mercy and tender lovingkindness.  He meets all your needs and only asks that you help in meeting the needs of others.  Yes... shame on you.

Kass
Kass

The red lobster receipt was fake...Get it together TIME!

JoeIngram
JoeIngram

@gbt  I bet someone feels stupid right about now

gbt
gbt

I sure hope so. It's time God's people woke up to the kind of character they represent when they call themselves Christian... which literally means "Christ - like'uns". Bitter, unloving, self centered and yes, cheap Christians need to realize that their actions are on full display to a lost and dying world.