It's no secret that many service industry workers depend on tips to make a living, but that doesn't stop the occasional customer from stiffing their server. A group of diners in New Jersey stooped to a new low, however: News station THV11 says a table of eight at D'Jais Bar & Grill left their server no tip on a $112 bill, instead writing "LOL" on the gratuity line.
20-year-old server Jess Jones, a student at nearby Rutgers University, posted the receipt on Facebook after the table stiffed her last week. "Even though they did wait an hour to eat, they remained satisfied with filled drinks and proper notice that the kitchen was a bit busier than normal," she wrote. "I need tips to pay my bills," she continued. "All waiters do. We spend an hour or more of our time befriending you, making you laugh, getting to know you, and making your dining experience the best it can be."
The post went viral on Facebook, spurring Belmar, N.J. Mayor Matt Doherty to post on the matter: THV11 quotes him as saying, "If you visit Belmar please treat the hardworking men and women in our service industry with the same respect you would expect at your job. This is ridiculous."
Of course, it could have been worse: Earlier this year a customer at a Thai restaurant in California left a racist slur in lieu of a tip, writing, "Hurry the f--- up zipperhead." Can't we all just agree to stick to monetary values on the gratuity line?