A waitress’ “LOL” tip she received on a receipt went viral recently after she shared it on social media. Jessica Corinne Jones posted the tip on her Facebook profile last Tuesday. The tip amount was “LOL” with a side note that the customers waited an hour for food. Within the last week, that receipt has been shared nearly 9,000 times.
The Huffington Post wrote today that Jess Jones served a table of eight people on Monday, August 17. Apparently, D’Jais Bar & Grill in Belmar, New Jersey was a bit busier than usual that day. But, according to Jess, she kept their drinks filled while they waited on their food to arrive.
The customers paid a total of $112.03 with a credit card and instead of a tip, left only “LOL” on their bill. Jones acknowledged the customers did have to wait a long time for their food but called the “LOL” tip cruel and unnecessary. The 20-year-old Rutgers University college student uploaded the receipt to her Facebook last Tuesday with a little side note of her own.
Jones captioned the photo, saying she was stunned by the receipt and would have preferred zero amount as a tip instead of the “LOL.” “As a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job,” said Jones. She disclosed that she only makes $2.50 an hour as a waitress and needs tips to pay the bills. According to Jones, she works hard as a waitress and is only a mere messenger for the kitchen.
“I know it’s annoying when things aren’t right. I know how aggravating it is to receive a hefty bill when all night you’ve been wondering why the table that came in after you was served before you.”
But Jones would prefer that disgruntled customers not “shoot” their waitress, and Belmar Mayor, Matt Doherty, agrees. Said Doherty on Jones’ Facebook post, “If you visit Belmar please treat the hardworking men and women in our service industry with the same respect you would expect at your job. This is ridiculous.”
Jessica Jones says she’s worked the food service industry for the last five years and takes pride in providing great service. In an attempt to make Jones feel better, some Facebook users are saying that it’s not her fault and those eight customers more than likely wouldn’t have been big tippers anyway, even if they didn’t have to wait an hour for their food.
By sharing her “LOL” tip, Jones hopes that customers will think twice next time about how they thank their waitress. Speaking on behalf of waiters everywhere, Jones says “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.”