A heated casserole of caustic comments bubbled up around the edges of the internet yesterday. A restaurant receipt, showing a $1.33 tip on a charge of $133.54 and a scrawled note to the server that read "get a real job," was passed with outrage around the online table like a 30-person bill at a birthday dinner.
Not surprisingly, the "1% tipper" was a hoax.
The receipt, from the Newport Beach establishment, True Food Kitchen, was posted on a blog called Future Ex-Banker, by an anonymous blogger who claimed to work in a corporate office of a major bank for a boss who supposedly does leave 1% tips and handwritten, unsolicited advice to waitstaff deemed subpar.
Wrote the blogger, "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."
In additional detail, the writer referred to the banker boss as a person who wears a "1% badge of honor " and "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."
As for the writer's free will participation in the fracas of the finance world, the blog stated, "I’m still cashing paychecks, an admittedly willing—albeit reluctant—cog in the wheel of this increasingly ugly industry."
True Food Kitchen initially responded to the stiff allegations by saying they were taking seriously the incident and investigating the authenticity of the receipt, and the treatment of the server. On Monday evening they released an official statement:
We would like to report that there is misinformation circulating about this situation. The dining receipt that was originally posted on the blog, Future Ex Banker, and then republished by various websites, was, in fact, altered and exaggerated. We’d also like to assure people that the receipt was not posted and altered by anyone on behalf of True Food Kitchen. We respect our guests’ privacy and take it very seriously; we would never share personal information.
Tipping point: What, if any, consequence does this sort of incident have on the conversation about our country's financial divide?