Yesterday, the local internet feeds were flooding us with news that Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy allegedly left a 20-cent tip at a local restaurant at which he and some friends had lunch on Monday. The “smoking gun” was a copy of what is purported to be McCoy’s lunch receipt from the restaurant.
I read “Eagles Player LeSean McCoy Just Left a 20-Cent Tip at PYT” on PhillyMag.com, and “LeSean McCoy tips 20 cents at PYT. The restaurant, PYT, even posted about it on its own Facebook page, complete with a copy of the supposed McCoy receipt.
I get that internet stories about a low-tipping professional athlete equal reader clicks. But how about a different angle; namely, that the person who posted a customer’s receipt on social media still has his job to return to today. Or that the restaurant itself is glorifying a practice of shaming customers — famous or not. (Remember the story of the employee who posted the Denver QB Peyton Manning’s huge tip on a dinner receipt? He lost his job). Fortunately, many of the Facebook users who commented on the PYT Facebook page get that posting meal receipts, large or small, is hella-stupid…
So, what do you think, folks? Take this poll and this poll and let me know what you think in the comments…
Was PYT right to post the receipt?
What should happen to the PYT employee who posted the receipt?
UPDATE (9/9/14 4:52 pm): About an hour ago, on PYT’s Facebook page, PYT’s owner addressed the kerfuffle that posting the receipt created.
UPDATE (9/10/14 2:52 PM): This.