A server in Wichita, Kan., where the tipped minimum wage is only $2.13 per hour, apparently received a rude surprise this week when a $20 tip turned out to be a fake. "Don't be fooled! There is something you can have more valuable than money!" the pamphlet read when unfolded; it exhorted 17-year-old Garret Wayman to "get yourself a Bible and start reading it, beginning with the Book of John."
someone seriously left this as my tip today. pissed is an understatement. i was so excited when i saw $20 pic.twitter.com/czntdlgoqS— garret (@BEANBURRlTO) December 29, 2015
TechInsider spoke to Wayman, who said of the positively un-Christian bait-and-switch, "He just left that. I wanted to tell him that I only make $3 an hour and bust my a-- at my job to make way less than I deserve, but he was gone by the time I had the chance to." Although the story hasn't been confirmed, similar examples abound, with TechInsider pointing to two additional instances shared to Reddit, and other Twitter users, like 11-time Jeopardy winner Arthur Chu, commiserating.
The one time someone tipped me with one of these as a tour guide at least it came with a real one @BEANBURRlTO— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) December 30, 2015
Wayman's experience is the exact opposite of how the megatippers behind TipsForJesus operate. The group's mysterious members leave thousands of dollars in gratuities for servers throughout the country and share pictures of their philanthropy to Instagram with hashtags like #GodBless.
Asked by a clueless Twitter user "why are you pissed?" Wayman responded, "because i work for money not for fun. last i checked believing in god doesn't make car payments or buy food". Wayman tweeted about some stingy law enforcement officers, too: "once i served a group of police officers and the only tip i got was a coupon that said 'a life laid on the line' LIKE SERIOUSLY". Terrible customers have also been known to write the acronym "LOL" or even racial slurs on receipts in lieu of money. Each incident strengthens the case for abolishing tipping at restaurants.