The Consumerist – A man claiming to be a pastor apparently tried to stiff a waiter on a tip, explaining that his work for God absolved him of having to leave one.
A photo of the receipt, posted to Reddit.com, shows a bill for $34.93 that included an automatic 18 percent gratuity ($6.29) above a blank space for an additional tip.
“I give God 10%,” the diner wrote on the receipt, scratching out the automatic tip. “Why do you get 18?” He then wrote “Pastor” above his signature, and an emphatic “0” where the additional tip would be.
The Reddit user who submitted the image explained in the comments section that the receipt was part of a total bill for a party of 20, which is why the gratuity was automatically added.
“Parties up to eight … may tip whatever they’d like, but larger parties receive an automatic gratuity,” the server wrote. “It’s in the computer, it’s not something I do.”
The server added: “They had no problem with my service, and told me I was great. They just didn’t want to pay when the time came.”
This is the absolute shit I hate. Like its bad enough that most religious diehards will look down on you for not believing, or they’ll take advantage of their religion and its powers, but this guy had to go making a big deal over his tip. A tip for a party of 20. Everyone knows that when you go out with a large party the tip is added automatically, and the automatic tip is 18%. Thats common knowledge. Thats why you have to give 18%, brah. Because thats the rules. Because your server, the guy you’re trying to jip 8%, has to deal with dickheads like you on a regular basis. Then to make matters worse, you leave absolutely nothing. Not even 10%.
I used to be a regular tipper of 15%. Id start at 15 and lower it based on how the server performed. I was a real stickler. That was until I started going out drinking with my buddy, STL. He taught me the art of tipping and why its a good idea. Not only is it their living, and most of them are respectable at what they do, but they’ll remember you for future events. Probably even hook you up when you forget your ID, when its your birthday, or anything of that nature. Plus, try going to a place of business regularly after you jewed down one of their servers. Youre getting the worst service imaginable and probably a nice mix of saliva.
Then theres the fact that 15%-20% is about a $1 difference. You have a $30 bill and a 15% tip is $4,50 while a 20% is $6. Thats a $1.50. Thats less than a large coffee at Dunkin Donuts. No sweat off the wallet. Not sure what this dude meant by “I give God 10%,” but if thats true then God hates his ass. 10% is a kick in the dick for any server. Thats the shit I used to leave for servers who took 25 minutes to come take our order, then another 45 to bring our order, and then would get snippy with me about substituting or changing my order. And even then I felt bad.
Of course its their job to be professional at all times, but who are we to say theyre just not having a horrible day. Think how you feel at work when you feel like shit, or one of your co-workers is being a douche, or your boss is up your ass. Then add onto the fact that youre working with the general public the entire time, you hear screaming children, someone has a food allergy and needs shit changed, some bitch is complaining about her slightly undercooked or overcooked steak, their fries are too cold, theres too much ice in their drink, blah blah blah. Thats enough to drive a norm crazy. Im beginning to get a migraine just thinking about it. But then add on the fact that you helped them with everything and or at least made a conscious effort and once you go pick up the bill and tip when they leave, you find out they left you $5 on a $50 bill. Complete slap in the face.
I could go on and on about this. I have some real Scrooges in my family when it comes to tipping. I just dont get it. But hey, to each their own. Scumbags will be scumbags. This dude believes in talking snakes, that every animal lived on a giant boat without eating one another, that a sea was parted and turned red, that dinosaurs once lived with humans, and that some figure watches over everyone playing chess with their lives. And apparently that God’s move is for him to only pay 10%. Thats cool dude, but 10% isnt going to pay the bills. Hopefully this server goes to church and the next time theyre passing the donation tray around he can leave a note that says, “God says I dont have to pay. He took it out of the pastor’s reluctant tip.”