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…
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.
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— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) September 10, 2014