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Diner Stiffs Server, Leaves Note Blaming Taxes and Obama

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Here’s a possibly fake and, if not, totally messed up card that a diner supposedly left for his or her server instead of a tip. According to Reddit user nickshambo, this card was left for a friend of his and adds, “I’d be livid.” But before anyone goes blaming this diner for being a cheapskate, please consider that the US government is truly to blame. As the card explains, “As a direct result of Proposition 30 and President Obama’s insistence that I pay “MY FAIR SHARE IN TAXES,” I find that I must cut back on discretionary spending and gratuities. I wish it didn’t have to be this way for both of us.”

So what is Proposition 30? Well, according to Investopedia, it was a measure passed in California back in November that raises taxes on wealthier individuals as well as raises the sales tax “by a quarter of a cent ($0.025) for a four-year period” in an effort to fund schools. So maybe that sales tax really hit hard on this particular restaurant’s check, or perhaps the diner in question is a wealthy American who is now paying more in taxes.

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Heh. I feel bad for the waitress…BUT…betya there is a 9 out of 10 chance she or he voted for Obama.

 

» 17 Comments

  1. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 8th, 2013

    I agree. I’ll bet the employee parking lot sports a lot of 0bama 2012 bumper stickers.

    But here’s the real hit and it’s a double-whammy. Their pay went down because 0bama raised their taxes even though he said he was going to tax “the rich” which is why they voted for him. They won’t understand that irony either.

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  2. GED Server?

    January 8th, 2013

    discretionary
    Gratuity
    I’m going to bet they have no idea what those words mean.

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  3. Velcro

    January 8th, 2013

    If this is a true photo of the note, it’s interesting that the consumer had them printed up.

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  4. Merry Poppet

    January 8th, 2013

    You can buy business cards and print them on your computer.

    Servers do a job I could not do unless management would approve of nasty customers wearing their meals. So I tip if the service is good, period.

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  5. Moxie Man

    January 8th, 2013

    I may start dropping a few political comments to see which way my server leans. Then I could tip (or not) accordingly.

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  6. old_oaks

    January 8th, 2013

    If I see a tax on my tab related to Obamacare, I just may do almost the same. The exception being that I usually tip middle of the road 15%, so my card would read; “I normally tip 15% but since I was charged $2.75 for YOUR healthcare on a $50 tab, your tip was reduced to $4.75.”

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  7. Goldenfoxx

    January 8th, 2013

    Stiffing the waiter just because of the tax is a piss poor excuse. I don’t like paying the additional sales tax and I will cut back my spending in other areas just so I don’t have to pay more. We purchased a lot of things we needed prior to 1/1/2013 to avoid paying more in taxes. It sucks and I think the welfare crowd will be feeling the pinch real quick.

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  8. Sundance

    January 8th, 2013

    That is infinite degrees of STUPID. Flippin’ beyond STUPID. The damn waiters and waitresses work FOR tips – it’s how they are compensated.

    You don’t take money out of their pockets just to keep more in yours and hold yourself up as some bastion victim of forced immorality.

    Jesus H Christ – I’ve seen stupid at various levels but this takes the cake.

    If you want to make that point then leave them the tip you would normally leave, and fudge it with a note that says “I would have left you another $5 bucks but Obama….. (fill in the rest)..

    What’s next? Well, sorry I can’t afford to pay the lawn service $50/month so I’ll just give him a note and $45 instead. Seriously?

    Same degree of stupid logic.

    (((stepping down now, sorry :( )))

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  9. jclady

    January 8th, 2013

    “Heh. I feel bad for the waitress…BUT…betya there is a 9 out of 10 chance she or he voted for Obama.”

    No “heh” from this household.

    My kids are both college grads who always vote R but, because of Obama, can only get jobs waiting tables. (And they are thankful to have jobs!)

    As an aside to the jerk that supposedly left this note, may I educate all of the readers on what servers have to endure.

    They get paid $2.13 per hour by the restaurant. Everything else is earned in tips. They have to share these tips with the host(ess), bartender, busser, etc.

    They get NO benefits (insurance), nor any opportunity to
    purchase insurance through the company.

    Their company reports 100% of their tips for tax purposes. The $2.13 per hour does not cover their tax liability; therefore, they OWE taxes to the government every year.

    Patrons fault the server if the hostess is bad, the kitchen didn’t prepare the food properly, etc.

    Standard tipping rates are 20% but restaurants will only add 18% to large parties.

    A 15% rate is an insult.

    Just remember, you don’t feel like cooking/cleaning so you go to a restaurant. What is your server sacrificing for your experience?

    Don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner? Think about the person waiting on you that can’t have a holiday with their family in order to make your day pleasurable.

    New Year’s Eve? Ever think these people have a special someone they would want to spend the evening with?

    The “Big Game” (whatever sport) and you go to the sports bar to interact with friends and possibly celebrate. Ever think that your server would like to do the same but rent is due?

    Sorry for the rant (NOT) but I’m sick and tired of the attitude prevalent in society that servers are lower citizens and not worthy of respect, gratitude and TIPS!!!!!

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  10. old_oaks

    January 8th, 2013

    JCL, I’ve worked on tips before, carrying not one but two golf bags for an entire 18 holes, some days I’d go 36. I feel the work done needs to commensurate with the tip earned. I’m not too much of a PITA. Get me a drink, take my order, bring it to the table… I burned more calories for a $1 tip as a valet than any of these table waiting activities and why base it off my $70 tab? I could have just as easily eaten by myself for $35, the wait staff works the same amount and I get off 50% cheaper.

    Point is, I’m a 10-15% tipper and I think that’s plenty… It’s not my fault the boss gets $10/drink and $50/plate, the poor waitress did no more work than the one at Chilis last week for a $9 hamburger and a $3 beer.

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  11. jclady

    January 8th, 2013

    @old_oaks — shame on you.

    Today’s world is much different than when you were working for tips.

    You got a kid working as a server? Do you understand what a 10% tip is on a $25 check? $2.50 that has to be shared with a host/busser/bartender. So now my kid gets $1.25 (maybe) while you’ve had a pleasant dining experience. Add that to her $2.13 and she now gets $3.35 an hour. And you think she can pay her bills on $3.35 an hour????

    Seriously?!?!?!?!?!

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  12. Merry Poppet

    January 8th, 2013

    To be clear, I wasn’t saying you should print up something like this and hand it out. IMHO, servers are punished enough just by doing that job. I just meant this guy is probably too tight to pay to have them printed up.

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  13. jclady

    January 8th, 2013

    @Merry Poppet — please know that my rage is not against you. :)

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  14. theJadedBarrel

    January 8th, 2013

    That something a prog would do, demand you to pay your fare share and stiff the working stiff.
    The sad thing is people will cut down on spending by not going out period, no more “dinners and a movie” no more jobs let alone a tip. Sad days!

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  15. Rick

    January 8th, 2013

    “Bind not the mouths of the kine that tread the grain.”

    If you can’t have your usual entree and drinks and tip the server properly, maybe you ought to throttle back on your order so you can tip properly. That is, make the restaurant owner take the hit instead of the server.

    Having someone pissed off at you that handles your food out of your sight is not a good thing.

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  16. old_oaks

    January 9th, 2013

    I can feel it JCL, that’s why you don’t work in places where you only get one table an hour.

    Do 8-12 in an hour and even with shitty tips you’re making $15-$20/hour. Which is good money for low skill.

    I may be a cheap skate, but tossing a plate on my table doesn’t automatically guarantee 20% of what I’m eating.

    Now tell me I’m cheap because I only want to give my shitty government 15% instead of 20%?

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  17. Paul Moore

    January 9th, 2013

    My reasoning is that if I can afford to eat out, I can afford to tip generously.

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