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Story About Greedy Banker Who Left ‘1%‘ Tip and ’Get a Real Job’ Message Found to be… Fake

So, the story goes like this: a wealthy, vicious member of the “1 percent” goes into a True Food Kitchen, he runs up a three-digit tab, leaves a little under 1 percent as a tip, and then writes “GET A REAL JOB” on the receipt.

Wow, what an awful person! What could make this story any worse? What? He was a banker too? We should have known!


Yahoo!, the Huffington Post, and a slew of other news sites ran with the story and – surprise, surprise – it stoked the “class warfare” fires. However, after a little digging by CBS Los Angeles, it turns out the whole thing was a complete and total hoax.

The incident never occurred and the photo that started it all is a fake:

A person supposedly working for the lousy-tipping “banker” took a photo of the receipt and posted it to a blog called “Future Ex-Banker.”

“Mention the ‘99 percent’ in my boss’ presence and feel his wrath,” the blogger writes.

“So proudly does he wear his 1 percent badge of honor that he tips exactly 1 percent every time he feels the server doesn’t sufficiently bow down to his Holiness. Oh, and he always makes sure to include a ‘tip’ of his own,” the “banker’s” employee wrote.

Of course, we probably don’t need to point out that if you tipped “exactly 1 percent” on $133.54, it’s not actually $134.87 (it’s $134.88). But that kind of detail wouldn’t matter to a “banker,” right?

“The story was too good to be true,” writes Ed Morrissey of Hot Air. “There was only one thing wrong — it really was too good to be true.”

Indeed, according to the restaurant where this occurred, “the receipt was changed and that the original receipt lists the meal as just over $30, with a 20 percent tip and no message aimed at the waitress,” according to CBS Los Angeles.

Yep, as CBS Los Angeles discovered after actually talking to True Food Kitchen, it was just some lonely blogger looking to stoke a little “class warfare.” But that didn’t stop some of the biggest news outlets from picking up the story and contributing to the narrative.

Here’s the complete statement from True Food Kitchen (via the HuffPo):

We’re glad to respond to the news stories about a tipping incident at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach.

Our first concern upon learning about this situation was our staff. We are very fortunate to have employees that are talented, bright, and undoubtedly, some of the best in the business.

However, we would like to report that there is misinformation circulating about this situation. The dining receipt that was originally posted on the blog, Future Ex Banker, and then republished by various websites, was, in fact, altered and exaggerated. We’d also like to assure people that the receipt was not posted and altered by anyone on behalf of True Food Kitchen. We respect our guests’ privacy and take it very seriously; we would never share personal information.

Some may think it odd that so many media outlets ran the original story without first calling True Food Kitchen about the incident. But then again, as the saying goes, never let facts get in the way of a good story.

Added: Feb-28-2012 Occurred On: Feb-28-2012
By: aranger45
Tags: Story, About, Greedy, Banker, Who, Left, ‘1%‘ Tip, and, ’Get, a, Real, Job’, Message, Fake
Location: New York, New York, United States (load item map)
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