The American middle class isn’t what it used to be, folks. I can remember when the middle class was a great place to be for the American household, but a new report says that we’ve fallen behind several other countries. We used to be very rich and powerful as an entity, but I think the so-called Rich and Powerful people (note the capital letters) have ruined that for so many people in our own nation.
Rich people used to be cool, because they would spread it around. The wealthy weren’t always thought to be stingy jerks, but that’s definitely changed over the years, too. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the worst tippers in Hollywood, with a couple of horror stories thrown in for good measure…
Jeremy Piven Rachael Ray has said on her show that a mere 7% tip is acceptable. This is someone whose entire life revolves around food and restaurants! Britney Spears once threw change at a valet’s feet and said “there’s your tip.” Of course, she’s only worth about 200 million dollars. Usher is known for leaving autographed pictures in lieu of a tip. The Rev checked out the current selling price for an Usher autographed picture, and it’s ALMOST four whole dollars!
Is it so hard to leave a decent tip, especially if you’re a privileged member of society?
Even worse: famous people often get their meals paid for, but you would hope that they would have the sense and goodwill to take care of the server. I maintain that the right thing to do is tip as if you paid for the full meal to begin with…and probably more.
If I get “outed” as a media figure, I immediately become even MORE hyper-aware of how the server is treated, and whether or not they were tipped well for excellent service. I even tip upfront sometimes, and it can really make all the difference. It lets the server know that you’re the type of customer who rewards good service, and in my experience, your glass is never empty at any point in the evening.
You have the power to make someone’s day a whole lot better, especially if they have earned it by making YOUR day better by giving you exceptional service. Don’t be a penny-pinching jerk. If you get something good, then you should give something good. That’s the right and proper thing to do.
Don't forget your household movers BJ. If you tip the person who brings you food that someone else makes. You should tip those that move EVERYTHING you own. Some people on Mercer Island are the worse no tippers.
Good point! If you can afford to get movers, you can afford to tip them I think! :) - Vicky B