NEWPORT BEACH (CBS) — A wealthy banker set off public outrage after he allegedly followed up a $133 meal by leaving his waitress a one percent tip and a personal tip – “Get a real job”. But the restaurant where it supposedly happened said it is all a hoax.

According to Huffington Post, CNN and several other news sites, a person claiming to be an employee of the “wealthy” banker took a photo of the receipt and posted it on a blog, “Future Ex-Banker”. The blogger paired the photo with their own caption:

“Mention the ’99 percent’ in my boss’ presence and feel his wrath. So proudly does he wear his 1 percent badge of honor that he tips exactly 1 percent 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.”

(credit: Huffington Post)

The blogger surmised that the post would probably mean losing his or her job. Not surprisingly, soon after the blog started getting a lot of public attention it was taken down.

The post set off a hailstorm of online comments that touched on the 1% vs. 99% class warfare embodied by the Occupy movement.

The Huffington Post posted a correction to their story, indicating that the restaurant called the blog’s photo “altered and exaggerated”.

The restaurant told CBS2/KCAL9 that they have been receiving hundreds of phone calls and e-mails from people outraged over the reported story. They have confirmed that the receipt was changed and that the original receipt lists the meal as just over $30, with a 20 percent tip and no message aimed at the waitress.

Comments (243)
  1. mojo says:

    Maybe the service WAS lousy, did you ever think of that? What is the restaurant patron supposed to do now tip the waitstaff on EFFORT?

    People go to restaurants for the food but ALSO for the service. If you don’t know how to be a good waitperson or can’t learn then YES, you should get another job. It is no different than being lousy at repairing cars or cutting hair.

    1. Julie Zanzig says:

      I am a server and will be the first one to admit that sometimes I deserve to getted stiffed. The paying guest doesn’t have to care why my service was not top notch.

      1. JustAGuy says:

        I am a stickler for tipping at least 15%, sometimes more for superior service.

        But then again, I’m not part of the 1% and I think Occupiers are morons.

      2. ZMEEKER says:

        Makes sense to me.

      3. ZMEEKER says:

        Hey! This comment was meant to be a reply to Julie Zanzig’s comment.

    2. bob says:

      if it was a banker and if he did leave the note and if he was a jerk and if he was part of the 1% and if …

      THEN i hate him…

      always waiting for an opportunity to hate someone and have some kind of self righteous indignation otherwise what else do you have to live for…

    3. HeresYourTip says:

      This story, like most of the stuff being dumped on cbslocal linked to by the Drudge Report over the last 2 weeks, is completely made up.

      Unelected officials have taken over Washington and the media following the coup and cover up. They’re afraid people can’t handle the truth. We have no democracy, no president, and freedom of press is only an illusion.

      Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

    4. WarPony says:

      I most always tip 15% or better and offer verbally “Sea Biscuit in the 5th at Aqueduct.” Always gets a laugh.

      1. astralweeks says:

        ‘Buy low, sell high’ is also an excellent tip (after leaving 20%)

      2. TiminPhx says:

        “Don’t smoke in bed,” was one I always liked…

        And yes, it’s amazing and so typical of the liberal mind, that even after the story confirms what anyone with a brain knew, that this was a hoax, so many little leftists want to still be outraged.

      3. Ed says:

        Don’t bag your own groceries.
        I love that one

      4. MemphisRebel says:

        “Here’s a condom. Don’t reproduce.” is sometimes appropriate depending on the establishment.

      5. EntireStoryIsAHoax says:

        Everything about this story is made up like anything getting national attention and linked to cbslocal from the Drudge Report. After the coup and cover up it’s hard to believe much of anything reported.

        Made up news, polling numbers, fabricated surges, idiotic endorsements, delayed vote counts, I cannot imagine democracy prevailing in November.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        The biggest cover up in world history starts here

    5. Billiam Hillary says:

      Its a fake you goof.

    6. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

      @ Heresyourtip……SHUT UP!!!!!!

    7. JohnD says:

      Did you even read the article Dummy?
      IT WAS A HOAX!!! You do know what a hoax is don’t you? Idiot.

    8. j james says:

      I cannot believe that people would read something like this fake story and get so worked up.Look either start reading if you can, or go back to your mommies basement.Not necessarily the post I am responding to, but just look at some of the garbage.

    9. RHO says:

      Can’t you read? It says it was a hoax and the banker left a 20% tip. You owe him an apology.

    10. Paul says:

      Which part of Hoax are you having trouble with? Or are you just one of the HuffPo/DailyKooks/MSNBC dimwit patrons who doesn’t care about whether a story is real or not just that it fits the narrative?

    11. Tomas says:

      It was a hoax! By the way, a tip is earned. It must be difficult to you to grasp.

    12. james g says:

      Why are you clowns commenting on an article you clearly have not read? The whole story is a hoax. Do you know what a hoax is?

    13. fungoking says:

      Poor example. My boss can’t withhold 30% of my salary due to a contract; a bonus is a different matter. The entire “tip” system should be done away with, pay wait staff a fair salary, and put the total price in the menu.

    14. Zman says:

      They say its a fake, but is it really….
      Or was it removed because it shined a bad light on the situation.
      Either way, there is so much other stuff going on now days, to pay attention too.

    15. Mike says:

      get a clue. the “banker” never left the lousy tip and did not leave the belittling note. It was a HOAX…what part of HOAX do you not understand????

    16. LA_SUX says:

      @andrew You spend too much time in the back hitting the reefer if you think 20 percent is just a good tip. That’s an excellent tip in my book. Let just say I go to your restaurant that has a ridiculous mark up on the food and drink that cost me $100 for a meal. The waiter, sorry server, spends a total of 10 minutes explaining the menu, refilling my drinks, placing and retrieving my order and you feel they deserve $20 dollars for that. Do you think and feel that server deserve $120 an hour for what they do(based of $20 for 10 min. of work)? I certainly don’t think the skills of a server merits that. I know the honest hour of work that took me to earn $20 was way more intense and skillful.

      We’ve heard your whining before “if you have ever worked in the restaurant industry” nonsense. Try this one on, if you ever worked outside the restaurant industry you would know that earning $20 an hour requires way more work than simply “would you like to hear our specials today” or “can I get you a refill.

      Get over yourself you’re not that special.

    17. Mitch says:

      Reading comprehension is not your strong suit is it?

    18. Rich says:

      Read the article. It said the original receipt had no message to the waitress.

    19. Alex says:

      My take is this: Good service, tip. Bad service, don’t even THINK you’re getting a tip, and I may also speak to the manager.

    20. Patriot Act says:

      So the picture was photoshopped, eh? What does that remind you of? It wouldn’t surprise me if it was done by the same hack graphic artist who did Obama’s fraudulent birth certificate. After all, the class warfare meme is part and parcel of the Obama campaign, coming straight from the top.

      1. robadude32 says:

        Come November we are throwing the trash out of the White House so we can get all this BS behind us!

    21. E. T. says:

      the government tax’s on tips it doesn’t matter if you get them or not. bad service is usually caused by a snafu in the kitchen. thanks to reagan’s tax policy tips are mandatoraly taxed there fore , thanks to the government not tipping is stealing. welcome to europe

    22. Spoofen says:

      This was a hoax! Dang, very smart, since it went viral on youtube so now the poster got alot of checks from youtube.

  2. Pat says:

    At least he paid the bill; when my daughter had a first job as a waitress, people not only didn’t tip, they walked out without paying. When that happened, her pay was docked for the amount of the bill.

    1. Tom says:

      “When that happened, her pay was docked for the amount of the bill.”

      Yeah, I highly doubt that.

      1. ex-bartender says:

        actually Tom in most restaurants the server is responsible for walk outs. In a restaurant a server holds the money paid to them throughout the night. At the end of the night a sales report is run that tallies cash, credit card and promo sales. The server owes cash paid for cash transactions less the tips from credit cards. If someone walks out that is typically closed to cash and therefore comes of out of the servers tips. So since the servers pay is based on tips, the servers pay is “docked” for walkouts.

      2. Patrick says:

        happens all the time

      3. colonel says:

        indeed – often the server doeshave to pay for the skipped payor

  3. marc says:

    @ annalee DOING US A FAVOR?? how do you figure? yes you do all the things that you listed BUT that is YOUR JOB you are doing NO ONE a favor. yes wait staff does not get paid a decent wage but that is not the customers fault that is the CHEEP ASS OWNER of the restraunts who should pay you better to start with. do you tip your auto machanic? do you tip your the people at the market?? do you tip your doctor?? no and why not? BECAUSE THE PEOPLE IN THOSE JOBS HAVE THE SENCE TO PAY THEIR PEOPLE RIGHT TO START WITH. the concept of having to tip someone to do the job they already get paid for is a stupid concept if it was a bright one then every job would accept tips and as you know only food service does. not even the box person at the market can take tips and i know as fact they get a rotton wage also

    1. J. says:

      If the “cheap ass owners” paid better, no one would be able to afford to eat out.

    2. JimmyJohn says:

      here’s a tip: learn to spell

  4. greg says:

    @Annalee, you hate America because you are a waitress? Assuming you’re not a student working through school than you are an uneducated adult who has nobody to blame for your inability to get a career job except either your parents or yourself, nobody else. Also, you’re not doing us a favor serving us, it’s the JOB you took, I wish you posted where you work so I could come by, sit in your station and just complain about the service and leave you a .10 tip (not 10% but 10 cent)

  5. John says:

    We know it was a hoax now. And for the record, you’re not doing someone a favor serving them if you are paid. They are doing you a favor by spending money to eat out rather than cooking at home for a fraction of the cost.

    1. Billiam Hillary says:

      “J” cannot handle the truth.

    2. B says:

      J, you just want to hate someone who makes more money than you. Even if proven false, you’ll continue to believe it is real and continue to parrot the “1%” BS. Grow up.

    3. astralweeks says:

      Poor J, still desperately trying to believe in the 1%, 99% b.s. By the way, a new AP poll shows 75% believe ‘the rich’ should pay 30% in income tax. In reality they pay 35%, meaning 75% believe the rich pay more than their fair share.

    4. demsvoteblindly says:

      But J you believe the story of someone that has since shut down their blog and twitter account since the truth has come out… Thanks for proving you are your village idiot.

    5. demsvoteblindly says:

      Something tells me J you are part of the 49.5%… that’s the number of people who do not pay taxes. Us 50.5% are tired of paying your share!

    6. ladyruth54 says:

      John, my daughter is waitstaff at Outback and only gets paid a salary of $2.15 an hour plus tips. That is typical of most restaurants. They depend on tips to make a decent wage.

      1. Tina says:

        And it’s been $2.15 an hour for over 20 yrs. Most restaurants are too cheap to hire cashiers/hostesses and the servers take on the extra jobs at no extra pay from the establishment. This takes time away for them to give good service. Also, when there is a walk out, the restaurant doesn’t take the loss, the server does. Next time you feel you are not getting proper service, look around, if the server is running around frantic, at least she is trying. She is trying to juggle all the different jobs that are put upon her. If the server is just standing around or walking like she is in a comma, then yes, bad service on her account, If you’ve never done the job, then you don’t know what it’s like. It is not an easy job, like most people think.

      2. John says:

        ladyruth, that may be the case, but it doesn’t make your daughter’s (or any other member of a waitstaff’s) job a favor that she is doing out of the goodness of her heart. It’s a service that she is paid for, no matter how little that might be. People do now have to eat out. They can still get food from the store and cook it themselves for a lower price. I never said anything about the tipping itself. As a rule, I tip double the sales tax when I eat out. I just objected to someone saying she was doing the customer a favor by waiting on them. Your job isn’t a favor.

      3. Nick says:

        They should change the law to require servers to be paid minimum wage.

      4. John says:

        By law, if they don’t make enough in tips, the owner has to make up the difference to reach minimum wage for the week.

  6. duh says:

    @Dave – Obvious Pat troll post was obvious. As a police officer, you weren’t a detective, correct?

  7. Pat says:

    About 15 years ago in California.

  8. Eddie says:

    That’s the difference. Service is included in most European countries because the waitstaff gets a higher wage and health benefits included in their salary as well. However, it is not uncommon to leave waitstaff some Euros on their table if their service was very good.

  9. Patricia D says:

    Okay, was I the only one reading this was a hoax?

    1. mugsy says:

      wow pat, i was asking myself the same thing, this country is in trouble, human procreation has really taken a turn for the worse

    2. littlemike says:

      I thought I was the only one, LOL! And are we surprised that it was a hoax perpetrated by a fleabagger?

      1. LA Doc says:

        Yea, funny how that “fleabagger” suckered all you crybaby, liberal, “victims,” huh?

    3. Chris says:

      Never let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

  10. Ronchris says:

    The writing was added to the payment slip AFTER the people left.
    The bill was a
    The tip was actually about 20%.

  11. Tom says:

    I read the comments hear and you are not reading the news piece. It was doctored. Never happened. In California waitstaff has to be paid a minimum. They do not have to make up the Min wage in tips. And to Pat,. State law and fed law does not allow an employer to deduct from a employees wages theft by a customer. Or even breakage, they can terminate you for breakage if its recurring. And BTW pat dine and dash is not that common. A lot of waitstaff has come to think a tip is not a gratuity for good or great service but now an entitlement

  12. ChangFow says:

    lol, thats amazing, pretty elaborate hoax I think.

  13. J. says:

    Because the feds allow service workers to get paid BELOW minimum wage, that’s why. So unless you really think people should work for wages that are well below poverty level, you should freaking tip.

    I think everyone should be required to spend a year waiting tables, it might teach them to respect hard working people who get paid jack spit to serve them.

    1. Macfad says:

      It’s not the customer’s place to provide a waiter a decent living, that’s the EMPLOYER’s job. Stop demanding tips from waiters and start demanding at least minimum wage from the employer!

    2. Maeve Sheren says:

      Umm, if you are a good waiter, you make good money in tips. If you suck as a waiter, you should NOT be tipped because why would society want to encourage people who suck at a certain job to continue in that job providing good service?

      I think everyone who is a waiter should spend time being the victim of a bad waiter. It might teach them to respect the customer more and understand why many people have problems with tipping bad service.

    3. Dan says:

      Nice try, this was supposed to have happened in California.


      “Unlike many other states, tipped employees in California are also entitled to the full minimum wage of $8.00 per hour”

  14. User says:

    It’s easy to fool the willing.

    1. astralweeks says:

      Brilliant six word statement sums it all up.

      1. Chris says:

        A lot of people realy, realy wanted this story to be true.

  15. longun45 says:

    The exercise that was demonstrated here, is that most people jump to conclusions. That is most exercise they get. Many media outlets are content to just parrot PURE BS, before they engage their brain. Or do any thing that actually looks like journalism. Wonder why we don’t listen to the media anymore?

    Facts just confuse them.

  16. alongfortheride says:

    This is what happens when biased news orgs (Huffpo, CNN, Yahoo and others) get too eager to parrot the Obama class warfare theme without checking their sources. Nobody should be surprised that this was a hoax.

    1. T.K.R.C. says:

      exactly. i read the story yesterday and knew immediately it was a politically motivated hoax.

  17. James says:

    So a banker who works with numbers and money everyday rounds 5’s down?? I don’t think so. Everyone I know with money has started off poor, waiting tables and working minimum wage jobs. They always tip well above 15%. This story is bogus and is just trying to promote class warfare.

    1. Anonymous says:

      a $34 bill from that restaurant is nearly impossible. $ 133.00 is more likely and that restaurant is likely now afraid of the 1%’er lawyers and trying to diffuse the situation to avoid being sued into bankruptcy .

      Original complaint post still most likely
      no menu combo would add up to $ 34

  18. Bob says:

    Okay THIS WAS A HOAX you service whinning fools. Most, MOST, people tip well, including “bankers”. This was an attempt to cause more attacks on the “1%ers” Gawd, I hate that term….Remember, chances are it’s a “1%er” that OWNS the business that gives you a job and wage….

  19. Jim says:

    News flash, did you hear, it was a hoax!!

  20. ablecynic says:

    Reading all the blogs is better than going to the zoo to watch the animals. I love to read the liberals go nuts. And best of all, the original story was a fake! Some bigoted liberal wrote a lie that the HuffPo sucked on like a commercial s*x worker in Olongapo City. What clowns these liberals are!!

  21. Drew says:

    service staff are allowed to be paid lower than the fed/state minimum wage to allow for competitiveness in marketplace for staff. The waiter/waitress that you feel shouldn’t be tipped for taking care of your wants is probably only getting paid $4.00 an hour. If you think this is sufficient for taking care of you and your party for an hour or two in your day then there is something seriously wrong with you and your perspective of the world.

    The amount of a tip should never be reflected back on the total of a bill but on the quality of the service received.

    1. annoyed says:

      If a server doesn’t earn more at least minimum wage with tips the employer is obliged to make up the difference. Nobody makes less than minimum wage,even if they never get a penny in tips. If your service is so bad nobody wants to tip you, maybe you should get a different job, one you don’t suck at.
      Get over yourselves you ignorant SOBs, you don’t know everything. You don’t even know what you’re talking about.

  22. NH DAD says:

    Thank you for your comment Mr. Pink.

  23. Bruce Benedict says:

    You sound like you have the perfect disposition for a customer service job. Keep up the great work, I’m sure you’ll be a success!

    1. Double J says:

      OMG!!! Best answer to date!!

  24. ed j says:

    It was a HOAX. – Like a lot of the Left’s Puffery when they have no Argument or Evidence.

    See: “Global Warming”, CO2, Peter Gleick . . . etc.

  25. LA Doc says:

    My oh my, we are full of ourselves, aren’t we? College professor? LOL, please. That doesn’t impress anyone. You sound like the typical, holier-than-thou leftist.

    1. annoyed says:

      That’s what “college professor” means.

  26. MusicCityDawg says:

    If you hate America so much, there are plenty of other countries you can move to.

  27. Bruce Benedict says:

    CNN is just such a bunch of rubes. They couldn’t wait to have their silly reporters do stories about this, and then openly describe how they wanted to find out who this “banker” was and go work them over. No one ever thought to ask if it was even legit, OR if, by some crazy chance, the server actually DESERVED a lousy tip. This is all more “entitlement” BS. “Hey, I showed up today and threw a plate of food in front of you, you jerk. You better tip me 20% or else!” What a joke.

  28. Mike says:

    A “False Flag Attack” from the same group of people that have created anarchy in our parks based on an entitlement mentality. Say it ain’t so!

  29. Pounce Kitty says:

    It’s so easy to scam HuffPo and CNN. They are desperate for anti-rich, anti-success stories. Make one up and they’ll broadcast it! Anything they can do to belittle successful people in America, anything to promote the Obama Failure Agenda!

  30. Ed says:

    READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE! THE ORIGIANL STORY WAS A LIE! The actual tip was TWENTY PERCENT! There was no notre to the waitress!

    The restaurant “confirmed that the receipt was changed and that the original receipt lists the meal as just over $30, with a 20 percent tip and no message aimed at the waitress.”

  31. sagesteve says:

    And the LEFT gets snookered AGAIN!! What idiots…thus the term “Idiot Liberal”.

  32. JimCT says:

    Does anyone read the story before commenting? The blogger FAKED it. The patron, if he was a banker or not, left a 20% tip. Pretty good. Geeze.

  33. barney fife says:

    I always leave a tip. It’s never money, but advice.
    My last tip was plainly written on the receipt: “Plant your corn early this year”.
    Whats wrong with leaving some great advice ?
    Next tip is gonna be” Vote Republican, because Democrats are liars & cheats”.

  34. Jerzey Boy says:

    The whole blown up story was a HOAX people!
    Typical CNN, twist the “facts” for their own liberal leanings.

  35. JimCT says:

    DRUDGE’S Headline got it right. The REAL story is how supposedly “objective” left-wing news organizations don’t bother to confirm any facts to get to the TRUTH as long as the story fits their bogus liberal mind-set. Left-wingers are generally dishonest hacks.

  36. GSW says:

    I’m guessing CBSLocal had it posted originally as a legit news story (same as HuffPo and CNN and a few others) and then corrected it to show it was a hoax after some of the comments were posted.

    If it wasn’t, my faith in the reading comprehension of humanity wanes just a tad more.

  37. yy says:

    And the lesson is the liberal media jumps at the chance to demonize producers and the so called rich – even if it was all set up as a hoax. We in realville know it is the ignorant poor, esp. ghetto chicks that leave no tip for all the work you do for them. Anyone who has served a black family’s kid’s birthday party knows what I’m saying. Let the hateful replies begin. Still does not change the truth. Suckas.

  38. Chris says:

    Obvious hoax. Liberal media knew it and didn’t care. They liked the message and probably had a hand in the whole thing. They just want to ptomote class warfare and socialist ideology. Wake up people. They created the game and the rules. Let’s choose not to play it.

    1. Chris says:

      Excuse me….”promote”, before the spelling nazis attack.

  39. cough says:

    And CNN and Huffpo will do no story of all the waiters and waitresses who worked their tails off this weekend in restauraunts all over America only to be stiffed by poor, rude, trashy customers.

  40. JM says:

    Just some OWS ass clown trying to make us all fell sorry for him / her. Get it the rich banker leaves a 1% tip. How sad. I love it, all these OWS JO’s try to make people feel sorry for them and it back fires. Remember when Tea Party people were doing this? I don’t either.

  41. Tex Geoas says:

    Don’t miss the REAL POINT of the hoax… the liberal news media RAN WITH THIS STORY without fact checking it because it fit their agenda. The story of the insensitive fat-cat 1 percent’er was “too good and too juicy to fact check”… thus the egg on their face. It happens over and over with the biased media.

    1. Chris W says:

      The description of the “banker” fit the left’s cartoonish sterotype of of the evil rich white guy to the last detail, and no one CNN or HuffPo stopped for even a second to consider that maybe this story was just too good to be true.

  42. Chris M says:

    Tradition holds, and many of us don’t know about this but, if the service is great you leave whatever you feel the server deserves AND a penny, heads up on the table. If the service was unsatisfactory, then you again leave whatever you feel is deserved, never nothing, AND a penny heads down on the table.

    If the manager has any knowledge of silent service comments, then as they walk by and see the pennies, they will know.

  43. Macfad says:

    YOU are the ignorant one. What kind of idiot agrees to a job making less than minimum wage? You should demand more from your employer. You are NOT entitled the money I have EARNED you uneducated, ungrateful worthless piece of excrement. If you hate America GTFO!! Go to China, go to North Korean, go to Afghanistan, let’s see how much you love it there.

  44. travis says:

    LOL! and that brings to what? 6 times that HOePOST got busted with a false story???

  45. Tom in NY says:

    But the story “fit the narrative”, which is all that matters in the news these days. Facts are meaningless, truth is false, share the wealth, All Hail Obama!

  46. catherine says:

    just like the democrats always splitting people INTO GROUPS – HEY GUYS WE ARE AMERICANS


    it is over, this BARACK HUSSEIN ENVIRONMENT IS OVER…………..

  47. Chris M says:

    Annalee, if you hate America, then leave. It is as simple as that. You have choices and the freedom to make them. Quit your complaining and do something else in your life that you want to do, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY THAT YOU FEEL IS BETTER THAN THE ONE YOU LIVE IN. Maybe Mexico?

  48. Macfad says:

    I’m throwing down a BS flag on that one! Part of growing up, maturing and being educated is understanding and applying humility in ample amounts. You have demonstrated nothing but haughtiness and a braggart’s position on this post. As Shaekspeare told us… “the lady doth protest too much”. You are about as much as Ph.D as my cat is.

    1. chuck in st paul says:

      Ph.D = piles it higher and deeper

  49. Kashyap says:

    Read the book nickled and dimed…. these manual jobs are no less stressful and yet very poorly paid. Its your own god damn society.. dont strangle the weaker sections. Did all scientific and cultural advancements come from individuals whose parents were rich or part of the 1%? FYI.. i’m 32, no student loan ( got a free seat in engg degree ) and have paid of my home loan as well as that of my parents. I’m not in the 1% but not doing badly either… and i generally tip 10-15% with a min of 3$.

  50. Wesley from Minnesota says:

    A Hoax?
    Duhhhhhhhhhhhhh. What idiot fell for it? The liberals.
    I kept asking for details on this alleged tip. The story had absolutely ZERO factual or verifiable information. It was obviously a Democrat propaganda story to encourage class warfare. Again, only an idiot liberal would believe the story. It was that ridiculous.

  51. Stuart says:

    Marc servers here in the states make very little without tips, so it is indeed the service (and food) you are paying for…I know some people who (don’t really know them cause I don’t want to) don’t tip, I am to assume you are one of these people…cook your own food and stay at home

  52. Maxwell says:

    CNN has never let facts get in the way of their agenda.

  53. Cindy Johnson says:

    What do you expect from leftest lying lunatics?

  54. Willie says:

    Typical 1%er cheapskate only leaving the waitress a 20% tip. How much is enough?

  55. John_B says:

    I will not bother reading all of the comments here I did however read the article, unlike the first 10 or so commenter that I did read. The guy (or gal) that blogged the faked receipt is the real dirt bag in this story. I hope they were not only fired, but denied any unemployment benefits. I would like to see their name circulated so the only job they can find is waitressing. Then they might learn what it means to do a job well.

  56. billybeer says:

    The ‘lefties’ need BS to promote their causes, so I am not surprised at all…..

  57. andrew says:

    i am in the industry and i agree this people should stay home and cook for them selves some thing im sure they can not do….this is the reason i am starting my movement
    help people in the industry make more money and be appreciated more in the business community, join the movement

  58. B says:

    Sorry, sweetie. This doesn’t pass the smell test. You are very clearly lying to try to prove a preconceived point.

  59. David says:

    Is anyone else slightly confused by the details of this story here? Wait . . . is this a story worthy of print?

  60. j james says:

    You claim to have traveled the world, and are so dumb as to not point out that in many countries the tip is built into the meal.Also a tip is not required, yes it does hurt not to but it is not forced, so get a clue, you globetrotter.

  61. Manrice says:

    The lib media fell for this hoax because they WANTED to believe the story was true. When I first saw the story, it seemed far-fetched to me. Why would a businessman go out of his way to insult a hard-working waitress? Most of the business people I know are respectful of anyone who tries to make an honest living. Arianna Huffington must have been licking her chops, even though she is a gazillionaire. The idiots in the lib media, most of whom went straight from journalism/socialism school to a reporter’s job, would love to believe that all wealthy people are hard-hearted when in fact many liberals are the stingiest people on the planet.

  62. PatD says:

    “A wealthy banker set off public outrage after he allegedly followed up a $133 meal by leaving his waitress a one percent tip and a personal tip – “Get a real job”.” How can the article lead with this line after the story has already been shown to be a sham?? Let’s try it this way…

    The Owners and editors of CBS Local routinely engage in pedophilia and forced-sodomy on the mentally disabled. This is a statement that has not been proven to be true, but people are outraged at the thought it might be. Said one man “Why do they keep raping little kids? What’s wrong with those people at CBS Local?!?”

  63. spock says:

    Interestingly i work in a business where i get tips, A delivery Service, During Electin time when people have there signs out supporting a Candidate i noticed those supporting the Democrats give veruy low tips if tip at all. and those that have a Republican sign out give generous tips. (and then it depends on the republican on how big, take 2008 for example, those with Hilay on their lawn gave about a dollar for every 20 $ the order was, those with Obama gave just the change ( i guess they took the hopey changey to heart) those with McCain gave about 2 and change per 20, those supporting Romney 3 and change, those that supported Thompson 5+ per 20, so who are the better people.

    And please note the Dems were in the bigger houses, actually the house that sponsored Obama for a Fund raiser he tips nothing, i went there one day with a 54.34 cent oreder he gave me 55$. and the house was a mansion!! This is Fact!!!

    By the way if this Occupy Wallstreet was so tru to what they are saying why did they complain when the homeless wanted food from their free food, and if they had no money whey did they all have ipod, ipads, in college!!! Ask your self that.

    The Occupy Group is a Liberal/Obama setup that calls for Greed, Envy and hatred.
    While the Tea Party is looking out for all.

    Also i did not see any minorities at the occupy groups so they must be racists!!

  64. Brett says:

    If you don’t like the pay of your job get a new one. I worked in the resaurant industry and know what it is like. sometime you were on your A game and sometimes not. You get paid what people are willing to pay! That is life.

  65. Brian says:

    It appears a large amount of commenters didn’t bother to read IT WAS A HOAX. It was a $30 tab, he left 20% with no written message. Move on to another ridiculous reason to be mad at people with money.

  66. djh says:

    So typical of the left to make up some BS and foment anger and hatred in a pathetic attempt to incite class warfare by deceit, lie or whatever means necessary. That’s the only way the left can get real Americans to support their cause, over the top exaggeration, gutless deceit and lies! Probably some halfwit ows entitlement clown sipping a latte at starbucks.

    It’s even more amazing how quick the mindless are to comment when they’ve clearly not read – or worse couldn’t understand, the story. It’s pretty clear from the story it was a hoax yet you have all these people ‘if the banker did this…’ – typical obama lemmings.

  67. Marie says:

    I knew this was just a bunch of c r ap!!! The media is trying soooooo hard to gin up class warfare that the commie pigs are ever so desperate for!!!!

  68. Austin Milbarge says:

    Everyone is missing the point here. The point is the MSM will report anything that puts their enemies in sight. No checking sources, no investigating….Just put it out there. They only investigate for negative stories about the left. For the right they’ll use what someone says on Twitter of Facebook as a reliable source. Everytime they get punked, it’s a fake story about someone on the right, that they’re so eager to slander.

  69. Vince says:

    You don’t have to tip for service anymore. Just do like I do and give them a participation trophy. They’re use to it.

  70. dereksdiatribe says:

    See, the 99% can’t be trusted.

  71. teaparty southerner says:

    Just gives all the Liberal in CA a cahnce to demoize the successful.

  72. annoyed says:

    You’re not doing me a favor, you’re performing a service for pay. If you don’t perform the service, you don’t get paid.
    STOP using capitalization to prove your IGNORANCE of ECONOMICS and your OWN JOB.
    With the attitude you display I bet you don’t make much more than minimum wage with tips… Maybe you should start acting like the customers are doing YOU a favor just by showing up.

  73. astralweeks says:

    Didn’t read the story, did you, annalee einstein? By the way, I have a niece who is a good waitress at a nice restaurant. On a good night she makes her car payment in tips. Perhaps if you weren’t such a (fill in the blank), you’d make out pretty well, too.

  74. astralweeks says:

    Geez Jane, would you read the story…it—was—a—hoax.

    1. demsvoteblindly says:

      The left HAS to lie, the truth is never on their side. As the leftiest always say, the ends justify the means. They are ok with lying, as long as they get what they want. How else do you think liberals that only makes up 20% of Americans fool others into their radical ideas? They lie, steal and cheat their way through life looking for someone elses handout when their way fails again.

      Obama’s green energy program is going so well that green company after green company is going belly up. This is why Obama has said before he even got elected that under his energy policy, energy cost would go UP!! That’s why he picked as his energy secretary a person who gave speeches (can find them on youtube) saying he wanted to see gas around $9.00 a gallon or higher. Why? Well to make green energy look affordable, you have to make the current cheaper option more expensive. I hope you Obama lovers are loving your high gas prices.

  75. Dave says:

    Expect more lies, propaganda, distortion, personal attacks and demonization… this is what the left does all the time.. the ends justify any evil….. straight out of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”

    Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer. — Saul Alinsky

  76. astralweeks says:

    A hoax, besides, any intelligent waitress would rather serve a banker than an OWS clown. A banker will tip, but it’s a fifty/fifty shot the OWS loser will dine and dash, and many news stories reported.

  77. JustAGuy says:

    So, the Occupiers have resorted to making up lies, causing further confusion and chaos.

    No surprises there.

  78. happymom says:

    You are not doing me a favor by bringing me my food, appetizer or drinks. you are DOING YOUR JOB!!! If you so dislike doing your job, quit and get a better job. You are not doing me a favor by doing your job, you are doing YOU a favor by doing it well. No one forced you to get a job as a waiter/waitress but since its YOUR JOB to bring people food and make sure they had a pleasant experience, do us all a favor and do it without an ATTITUDE! sheesh

  79. Teacookies says:

    Typical liberal media waiting to be all over ANY hearsay story that puts 1%ers in a bad light… white on chicken s**t.

  80. Art House says:

    I ordered a meal that had to be sent back to be cooked more (three times) and my family finished their meals before I ever got my own. So, I left a (-20%) Negative Tip to the bill and the owner went ballistic. No reason that a tip has to be any amount – nor, any reason a tip can’t be punitive.

  81. mark says:

    The story here is how quickly the lame stream media jumped onn this opportunity to try and incite class warfare. Did not even borther to verify the validity of the story. Bet if the blog gad been posted saying Barack and Michelle had done this it would have never seen the light of day, until it was extensively studied and every attempt was made to disprove it.

  82. R C says:

    I dont finish reading articles that ‘refresh’ right in the middle

  83. Dan says:


    You obviously don’t work in California, because there is no “tipped employee” rate, they get the same wage as every other worker.

  84. Art House says:

    The truth behind this article is that it was poorly written and not based on facts. Oh, yea! It is a liberal source. No wonder.

  85. Jay says:

    Sorry, I don’t buy it. You claim you make below minimum wage. I call BS.

  86. Dave in Houston says:

    If the PuffHo and CNN were real news organizations, the would have find out this was a fraud from the beginning. Alas, they are not.

  87. Gregg says:

    Claas envy, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.

    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.

    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  88. Atom&Yves says:

    I’m surprised HuffPo got taken in!!!! NOT.

  89. steve5150 says:

    Half the people commenting on this article either did not read any of it or are stupid. It was a HOAX. The note, the tip amount, even che check amount.

  90. laffin'atcha says:

    Annalee- If you hate America, feel free to leave anytime. They have planes, trains, cars, boats, and trucks any of which can help you go…

  91. laffin'atcha says:

    so he comped you a drink and over poured. In my bar, that is STEALING and will get you fired, but I’m guessing you don’t see it as such since you’re the beneficiary of the employee’s theft…

  92. Fred says:

    So wait, Obama can tell people what to eat, what to say, who to like, how much they deserve to make, what they owe other people and on and on and on. But this guy – even though it’s fake – is out of line? Are sheeple really so blind you let government interfere in every aspect of your life but when a private citizen makes a decision about service rendered to him alone, THAT is your business?

  93. cgent47 says:

    The 1% tip was more than likely left by a democrat. Unless the government is paying for the tab.

  94. Viewer says:

    Which CNN reporter put this on the air?

  95. Chippy55 says:

    Liberals just make stuff up, just listen to Pelosi or Reid or any Liberal on the news. All they talk about, and have been doing so for the past 50 years, is all the “starving children in America”. OK, where? Show me one kid who’s starving. When I was young we called them bums, not homeless. Bums don’t want to work, go ahead, offer a bum a job. He’ll decline, it’s easier just to pester people on the street and then go buy some wine. Who wants to be bothered with utilities, real estate taxes, car insurance, mowing the lawn. Just go out and panhandle, eat McDonalds, and then wait for the Liberals to hand you everything.

  96. Fred P. says:

    It seems eveyone is missing the point….

    This story was FABRICATED, and nobody bothered to verify anything. It ain’t about what’s considered a “living wage” or 15% vs 20% or service vs expected….. It’s about publishing LIES.

  97. J0nx says:

    Doubtful it was a hoax. I’m sure the bankster paid off the restaurant to say it was a hoax so that the MSM wouldn’t dig to find out who he was and drag his name through the mud not to mention possibly make him a target for some nut looking for revenge against a sociopathic 1%’er and let’s face it, most 1%’ers ARE sociopaths. Higher than average intelligence, little empathy for their fellow man, a need to feel superior to others. Typical 1% traits.

  98. Click says:

    There have been several news stories lately that started on Twitter or blogs, but the news outlets did no verification or original reporting. This is a big disappointment. My own local station never even said the words “alleged” or “according to”. News outlets should not be regurgitating stuff from the internet without doing original reporting.

  99. TheDudeAbides says:

    Um, $1.33 is not a 20% tip on a $33.54 bill. That would be $6.71. This is embarrassing; did no one at CBS check that math before they posted this story?

    1. Vader says:

      @TheDudeAbides Watch the video. The general manager said that the “$1.33” was added by the hoaxers as well. She didn’t give the dollar amount of the tip but said that it came out to 20%.

  100. K. Gill says:

    I, me, my, myself…at least 39 times in “Annalee’s” fictitious rant. Try reading Webster’s definition of humility. And then turn to “Hoax”. Lordy, is there any hope for this country with a liberal accomplice media that will fall for anything that fits their narrative?

  101. Phil says:

    Jesus Christ, these whackos will argue over a fake story, too! What part of the word hoax don’t you understand?

  102. Ecky Hade says:

    The tip should have been 1.34 if you use banking rounding rules.

  103. Phil says:

    Nobody but class warfare people refer to the 1%, 99% anyway. So obvious that this was a hoax before CNN figured it out.

  104. ZMEEKER says:

    A scathing indictment of the 24/7 instant news era. IF this can happen about a stiffed wait-staff-member imagine how often and to what degree it can happen with news that is not so easily refuted………..

  105. johnny whatisname says:

    I can’t imagine Huffpo, AOL or CNN being taken in on a story such as this! you must be mistaken! LOL LOL LOL…

  106. Mark says:

    It’s so easy to fool the fools….

  107. hebramleigh says:

    Annalee, I go to a grocery store to buy food, not pay a farmer’s salary. I buy a car to have transportation, not to pay a salesman’s salary. At the same time, I go to a restaurant to eat a meal, not to pay YOUR salary. I tip if the service is good. If it is not, I do not. If you are dissatisfied with the money you make, then go and find another job and stop whining. By your self-entitled attitude, it’s obvious you are not a good server. You simply believe everyone owes you a living. It takes no great skill to wait tables; that’s why so many actors do it.

    (Written by a ex-waiter at the Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN)

  108. TiredOfTheGriping says:


    Then here is a tip for you, since you are doing us a favor by doing your job, find another job.

    I wish I could tell my boss that he should be thankful I attend my meetings and get my items done on time because I am doing him a favor.

    Grow up. Don’t get a job, get an education on the way the world works.

  109. Joe Dutra says:

    Huffy gets burned yet again with a bogus news piece. They are so gullible.

  110. Michael Schmitt says:

    It does not matter. From now on I only tip 1% as a message to OWS and other socialists. You have your free health care your wars your big government. We, the 1%, will NOT support you anymore !!!

  111. Sensible says:

    Too late. Damage done. Another wedge between bankers/rich/poor. Winner is Huffington and Obama. Going to get real ugly when Romney is official opposition. Gangsta versus rich guy.

  112. angus says:

    The only way a numbskull like you is earning that type of money is with a webcam

  113. Jeff says:

    There is no such thing as the 1%.. It is all populist BS..

  114. Dad says:

    Typical lying liberals trying to incite class warfare. PIGS!

  115. Amonymouse says:

    its amazing how a hoax can be perpetrated to the loony left AND the rapists of the occupy bowel movement and they will still think it is true

  116. Algoria says:

    She has a PHD but hasn’t yet figured out what the article was about (another leftist attempt to influence public opinion via forgery). I’m usually willing to give people the benefit of the doubt but to believe Jane’s story would require extreme gullibility.

  117. CaCrumudgeon says:

    If you can fake a restaraunt receipt like that, think what you could do to a birth certificate!

  118. John Yuma says:

    My daughter worked her way through college waiting tables, and I know a number of other young people who waited tables. All of them would agree with what 007Jane has written. Some of the fools commenting below don’t understand that restaurant owners pay the wait staff about $2.25 per hour. The rest of their pay comes from tips. ANd the fools who think tipping is optional and eat at the same place twice ought to know that they probably had a little extra sauce added to their food, if you know what I mean, because you definitely don’t want to **** with the people who bring you your food….

    1. hebramleigh says:

      You’re comment about “a little extra sauce added to the food of non tippers” does nothing to support the argument for tipping. If anything, it portrays waiters as nothing more than immoral thugs who use the threat of food poisoning to extort tips.

      The entire issue is rather simple. People know what they’re going to be paid when they take on the job as a waiter/waitress. If they are good at their job, they can make good money. If they are not, they won’t. There will be good days and bad days. If you don’t like those terms, then stop whining and get a job that pays more (though it will probably require skilled labor.) If you have no marketable skills and are only fit to clear tables, then you have no one to blame but yourself.

    2. Chris says:

      John Yuma,

      Tipping is optional. If it were mandatory, it would no longer meet the definition of “Tip.”

    3. Patrick says:

      If the job is so lousy, why take it? I worked as a bartender and a waiter. I made very good money for my age. The reason? I DID MY JOB AND TREATED EVERY CUSTOMER LIKE GOLD,L BECAUSE THEY WERE MY REAL EMPLOYER!

  119. Klaus Klodderich says:

    Meanwhile back at Reality Ranch … 4 or more illegal wars rage on, the dollar is about to vanish as the world reserve currency, the real unemployment rate is over 22%, the price of goods is skyrocketing, the value of homes is dropping and as the 4th year of the depression carries on … a hoax receipt is what they give us as news.

  120. Geechee says:

    What a surprise that this story was “reported” by two sources who languish perpetually in “Last Place” in their respective categories.
    What a bunch of amateurs.

  121. brian williams says:

    Does CBS LA think that the Huffington Post is a news magazine? Why?

  122. Neal J. King says:

    If everything was faked, why don’t they show what the original unaltered bill looks like?

  123. Steve Padilla says:

    Are you people all stupid. This isn’t about under tipped wait staff or evil rich people. Its about the mainstream media being dupped because they ran with a story that fits the left’s template. Rich evil poor waitress good and the only hope is socialism for all (ran by us lefty elites of course not you rabble.)

  124. JTDeth says:

    Hoax just as phony as the rest of the Occupy movement, just as phony as Obama’s class warfare.

  125. pcliff says:

    The point is this: Notice how eager the press is to propagate a story that fits their agenda. There was a time when being a “journalist” required that one actually investigate and corroborate sources before the story was published.

  126. matt2717 says:

    To me, the most egregious part of this story was that major media were so willing to believe the Occupy dogma that they ran with a false story, reported it unfairly and never bothered to check anything out. Apparently, responsible journalists are the real “One Percent” these days.

  127. LaVallette says:

    Why don’t you all insist that waiters be paid a decent wage and get rid of the
    “obligation” to tip!!!

  128. asdf says:

    Obvious hoax, 133.54 x1% the receipt shows a tip of 1.33, any self respecting banker would have rounded appropriately 1.34…duh. 🙂

  129. javmanbill says:

    By the time that I read “there are good, hard-working people such as myself and can afford to tip.” I had to stop there as I had read enough.

  130. Obama Truth Squad! says:

    Blah blah blah….Vote Obama

  131. Barack Obama Sucks It says:

    Liberals are as stupid and ignorant as the day is long. HuffyHo and DailyKos got flim-flammed as stupid liberals are wont to do.

  132. D says:

    PH.D. = Patiently Hoping for a Degree

    Lay off the crack pipe sweetheart.

  133. rbcintexas says:

    It just hit me as to why the Left shows so much compssion or whatever you want to call it towards the Muslims. It is because they are both alike being that it is OK to lie to people as long as they are considered an enemy. To the Left, the enemy is the rich and the conservatives and to the Muslims, it is the Christians and come to think of it the Christians are also the enemy of the Left.

  134. cabMANiac says:

    a $34 bill from that restaurant is nearly impossible. $ 133.00 is more likely and that restaurant is likely now afraid of the 1%’er lawyers and trying to diffuse the situation to avoid being sued into bankruptcy .

    1st post still most likely
    no menu combo would add up to $ 34

  135. ahksehl says:

    words beginning with the letter “L”- leftist, liberal, liar, loser.

  136. colonel says:

    opps accidently reported this comment — I was wrong —8-(

  137. Kaitara says:

    BTW $133.54 x 1% ; 1.3354, rounded up i $1.34. Yeah it’s off by a penny, but a banker nor a waitress would make that mathematical mistake.

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