Heartless Tipper Scandal A Hoax, Faith In Humanity Not Lost After All
12:00 pm, February 28th | by Laura Donovan
There are enough investment banking horror stories to tell for the rest of time, so it’s slightly relieving to hear that the nationwide outrage over a ruthless banker who tipped a waitress just one percent on a $133 tab was over nothing, as the story itself never even happened.
Earlier this month, a Twitter user who went by the handle @FutureExBanker (the account has since been deleted) sent a supposed copy of his banker boss’s receipt to Eater California. The receipt, which reveals a one percent tip with the words “GET A REAL JOB” above the tip line, sent the Internets into a fury and gave Occupy Wall Street protesters and supporters yet another reason to despise greedy rich folks. The story is enough to make anyone want to hunt down the selfish banker and give him a talking to, but that would be impossible because the man does not exist.
CBS Local in Los Angeles contacted True Foods, the Newport Beach, Calif., restaurant where this event reportedly took place and were told that the entire story was a hoax. The restaurant manager, who attested that True Foods had received hundreds of calls about the one percent tip receipt, said the receipt was “all a scam.”
“It’s a hoax, and why it went so crazy, I don’t know,” the manager said, adding that the restaurant pulled up the receipt that went viral and said the total was actually $33.54, so someone doctored the slip of paper to add a “1″ in front of the other numbers.