LOL written is as a tip? How much should you tip your waitress for a $112 meal? Nothing? The ‘LOL’ Internet acronym slang is precisely what a New Jersey server had to stomach after an octet of unhappy guests paid the bill, and only the bill, leaving her zip in the tip department. Lough out loud?
Writes Eater, via MSN News on Aug. 24: “It’s no secret that many service industry workers depend on tips to make a living, but that doesn’t stop the occasional customer from stiffing their server. A group of diners in New Jersey stooped to a new low, however: A table of eight at D’Jais Bar & Grill left their server no tip on a $112 bill, instead writing ‘LOL’ on the gratuity line.”
The waitress, 20-year-old Rutgers University student Jess Jones, snapped a pic of the unabashed credit card check and posted it to Facebook, where it has since gone viral. The diners wrote: “1 hour for food,” and then “LOL.”
Jess took to Facebook to lament the indignity: “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 an ‘LOL’ tip, but as a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job.”
Still, Jess wrote that “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 need tips to pay my bills,” she continued. “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.”
Tipped servers in New Jersey typically make under $5.00 an hour, and supplement the bulk of their income with tips. Even Belmar, N.J. Mayor Matt Doherty weighed in on the matter, according to local news station TVH11.
“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,” the mayor wrote on his Facebook page.
“My experience with this table was cruel and unnecessary but sadly it’s not uncommon,” Jones wrote. “With that said: Please be good to your waiters. 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 waiters and waitresses are mere messengers most of the time, and it’s wrong to shoot them, however bad the news.”