Just Look At This Asshole: Jerk Customers Write “LOL” In Place Of Tip

Today in jerks: Last week, 20-year-old Rutgers student Jess Jones, who works at D’Jais Bar & Grill in Belmar, New Jersey, waited on a table of eight people who, instead of leaving a tip, just wrote “LOL” on the tip line. You know, like mature adults do all the time.

Beside the “LOL” was a note explaining their reasoning, reading simply: “1 Hour For food.” Of course, it wasn’t Jones’s fault that the food was late–the kitchen was backed up and, shocking as this may seem, servers actually have zero control over the kitchen.

Via Asbury Park Press:

“Last night, I was stunned by this receipt that was left for me by a party of eight people,” Jones wrote. “I would have preferred a ‘$0′ tip than a ‘LOL’ tip, but as a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job. 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. I’ve worked in the service industry for five years and I take pride in providing great service to my customers.”

Jones wrote that servers in New Jersey earn $2.50 an hour. For non-tipped workers in the Garden State, the minimum wage is $8.38.

“Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make,” she wrote. “I need tips to pay my bills. 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. We work hard, and we really do care.”

As we have previously mentioned here, people who don’t tip, or who feel they have really good reasons for not tipping, are assholes. People who leave jerky notes for their server are like, assholes with a cherry on top. To boot — if you’re getting food and drinks for what amounts to about $14 per person, you can afford to leave a goddamned tip. That’s pretty cheap.

Personally, I feel like we would live in a much kinder and more empathetic universe if everyone were required to either wait tables or work retail or both for some period in their life. [Asbury Park Press]