When Brooklyn-based designer and developer Larry Fox took a job as a pizza delivery man to make ends meet, he was horrified at the number of bad tippers he encountered. So last year, the 20-year-old created the Tumblr blog "15%" so colleagues in the food industry could post horrible tips and call out customers publicly, and it was soon flooded with submissions.
Luckily there are some tippers out there so generous that we momentarily forget about out all the bad ones. One Houston waiter learned that firsthand this Memorial Day weekend when he received a $5,000 tip on a $26 bill -- that's a 19,000 percent tip.
The generous gratuity was left Saturday by a couple dining at D’Amico’s Italian Market Café in Houston, according to the blog 29-95. The couple were regulars at the restaurant and were often served by Greg Rubar, a waiter there for the past 16 years.
When the couple learned the Rubar's car had been ruined recently by thunderstorms, they were understandably concerned. According to the Houston Examiner, Rubar, who is married with a small child, had struggled with transportation ever since his car was destroyed and had been lately borrowing vehicles from coworkers and taking taxis.
To relieve Rubar of his transportation burdens, the couple left a $5,000 tip on their next bill -- which totaled just $26.95 -- and told Rubar to "go buy himself a car."
"The couple, who do not want to be identified, thought anyone who has worked as hard and as proficiently as Rubar has for so long, shouldn’t be punished for something so out of his control," D'Amico's Italian Market Café said in a press release. "They had gone to the restaurant that night to present him with the money."
HoustonPress reported that Rubar burst into tears upon receiving the money. He is now shopping around for a new ride.
Peyton Tips An Extra $200
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning left $200 in addition to the 18 percent gratuity on his bill at Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina where he had a meal with his friends last Friday, <a href="http://deadspin.com/5891136/peyton-manning-leaves-insanely-good-tips-at-restaurants" target="_hplink">according to Deadspin. </a> Photo by <a href="http://www.sportshoopla.com/forums/nhl-hockey-forum-message-board-general-discussion/64542-ot-just-peyton-manning-not-cheap-bastard.html" target="_hplink">Bizzle McDizzle</a>
Tiger Woods Is Cheap
<a href="http://aol.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2011-08-18/tiger-woods-lebron-james-accused-of-being-cheap-tippers" target="_hplink">New Miami Times</a> ranked golf player Tiger Woods at the top of its list of cheapest celebrity tippers, <a href="http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2011/08/lebron_to_usher_to_sean_penn_t.php?page=2" target="_hplink">reporting</a>: "The man worth more than $500 million says it's because he never carries cash."
Delivery Man Gets $2 For Putting His Life On The Line
Lin Dakang, a delivery man for a Chinese restaurant on the Upper East Side, received $2 on a $15.50 bill for a 2.5 mile bike ride dodging traffic on a cold winter night, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/nyregion/for-food-delivery-workers-speed-tips-and-fear-on-wheels.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&sq=delivery&st=cse&scp=1" target="_hplink">according to The New York Times</a>. But the incident is typical. The Times reported that restaurant delivery workers peddling take-out orders in dangerous conditions receive wages and tips that can drop well under minimum wage. Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/" target="_hplink">Steve Snodgrass</a>
Arrested For Not Tipping
According to <a href="http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf?/base/news-1/125843433282150.xml&coll=3" target="_hplink">The Express-Times</a>, police arrested and gave a theft citation to John Wagner and Leslie Pope when they refused to pay a $16.35 required gratuity for their order of wings, drinks and salad. The pair alleged poor service at Lehigh Pub in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreyww/" target="_hplink">jeffreyw</a>
Racially Profiling Tippers
Abe Shah and Hemang Virani, who are of Pakistani and Indian descent respectively, were charged an 18 percent gratuity because of the color of their skin, <a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/09/13/indian_restaurant_accused_of.php" target="_hplink">according to Gothamist</a>. A manager told the pair the charge applied to all patrons of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent. After the two men paid their bill, minus the additional gratuity, they were followed out of the restaurant by five employees and then verbally and physically attacked, <a href="http://images.nymag.com/images/2/daily/2011/09/12_baluchiscomplaint.pdf" target="_hplink">according to court papers</a>. Shah and Virani subsequently sued the restaurant for discrimination. Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen-oung/" target="_hplink">SteFou!</a>
Denying Workers Tips
In one of Massachusetts' largest wage cases, a settlement required Canyon Ranch Spa in Lenox to return $14.75 million in tips denied to its employees, including waiters, massage therapists, yoga instructors, according to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/us/24canyon.html" target="_hplink">The New York Times.</a>