This past week, one of the most buzzed stories in the sports world came about when LeSean McCoy, running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, was called out publicly for leaving a 20 cent tip on a $61.56 bill. The restaurant owner attempted to call out McCoy by posting a copy of his bill on the restaurant Facebook feed.
Now, depending on how you look at it, both McCoy and the restaurant owner are under fire.
McCoy, one of the premier players in the NFL, makes an annual salary of $9,000,000 per year. He claimed that the service was poor, something that the restaurant owner disputes. Nonetheless, as many have pointed out, even poor service should receive a modest tip given the low wages that wait staff made.
It reminds me of the lyrics from a song by one of my favorite 90’s rock bands, Live.
“Come on, baby
Leave some change behind.
She was a b**ch
But good enough
To leave some change
Everybody’s good enough
For some change”
My thoughts is that they are both wrong:
Regardless of whether McCoy makes $9,000,000 per year or $9,000, leaving a twenty cent tip is just inexcusable. I’ve been in situations where I’ve had lousy service, and in those cases, you can reduce the tip, but I’d leave 10% as a minimum. That still provides for something, but it sends the message that something was wrong. I’ve also learned that if things are unsatisfactory, it’s advisable to speak to the manager (or owner) and more often than not, things will be corrected. McCoy made no such effort, and instead spoke up passively, making himself look bad in the process.
At the same time, the restaurant owner had no business posting a copy of the receipt showing the photo of the receipt. That was in very bad taste, and to me, showed that he was just doing so in hopes of getting publicity. If he really was, as he claimed, just trying to support his staff member, he could have posted a generic message on this restaurant’s feed in support of the staff (not mentioning anything that would give McCoy away), or if (as he claimed) he was present and knew that the service was great, he could have given the waiter the $9 or so that he would have gotten with a standard 15% tip.
Instead, Charlie Sheen of all people was the one that came in and offered the waiter $1,000.
I personally think that this was a tale of two idiots and the whole thing could have been avoided with some better judgment on both sides.
But, I guess that wouldn’t be sensational and newsworthy, now, would it?