Top Ten Cheapest Celebrity Tippers

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When it comes to tipping, Tiger is under par.
TMZ reported that President Obama "dropped over $200" on a burger lunch for him and a large group of campaign volunteers at Ted's Bulletin Restaurant in Washington, D.C. -- and that he "tipped more than 35%."

However, not all famous people are as generous. In fact, our elite tier of celebrities make a whole lot more money than Obama. We would like to think of these wealthy stars as feeling at least a little gracious toward the public that has helped catapult them to the top. This is especially true when that member of the public is literally serving the celebrity, as when a waiter brings them their meal and drinks. I'm not saying every fabulously wealthy person has to be as generous as Johnny Depp, who while filming Public Enemies reportedly enjoyed a $2,600 meal with friends and left a $1,500 tip. And in 2009, Depp is said to have handed a lucky waiter a $4,000 tip.

Actually, maybe I am saying that every fabulously wealthy person has to be like Johnny Depp. But they're not. And numerous websites apparently keep track of these things. We took a look at a slew of such sites and put together a composite list of the worst tippers among them. Criteria used is number of cheapskate lists each person appears on, stinginess relative to how wealthy the person is, and how low the tip comparative to how high the bill. I know, it's complicated. But here are our ten scrooges:

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10. Rachael Ray shows up on quite a few lists of measly tippers. "Tipped $1 on a $10 tab" according to List of the Day, which also accuses her of "promoting less than a 20% tip on a show that millions of people watch!" Rachael might have to rename her series of $40 a Day books $40 a Day -- Not Including Gratuities.




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9. Bill Cosby is ranked #6 on Glamorati's list of 34 notoriously bad tippers, and the Cos makes it onto just about every other list too. He is said to have once left a $3 tip on a $350 order. This from a man who preaches about the importance of setting a good example.





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8. Sean Penn and three others had "New Orleans waiters waiting on them hand and foot. The tip left on a $450 tab? Absolutely nothing. There are lots of instances of Sean Penn stiffing waitstaff," Glamorati reports. He takes the number three spot on the Frisky's compilation of measly stars as well. Of course Penn was in N.O. helping out poor people, so let's at least acknowledge he's generous with his time, if not his money.



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7. Mariah Carey is said to have kept a restaurant open late with a very large party. Glamorati, getting its info from the New York Post, wrote that "Mariah and crew were very diva-ish with their demands. Despite keeping staffers jumping and a high tab, no one left a tip."





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6. Usher is consistently cited as one of the worst tippers, including the Stained Apron's 44 tipping "sinners," and the number five spot on the Frisky. "Always tries to get someone else to pick up the bill," reports glamorati.com. More damning is the oft-repeated tale of Usher having once left his autograph as a tip.
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Trogdorish
Trogdorish

20% minimum, the server ends up losing up to 30% of that in "Tip Share" for bussers, bartenders, and hostesses.

It isn't "Entitled", it's "My Job" and "Your understood obligation"

pruitt.lisa.l.p
pruitt.lisa.l.p

It's 15 % if the service is good and 20 % if it's great

Tiredoftipping
Tiredoftipping

When did tipping go from 15% to 20%? Food prices have gone up so the amount the servers are receiving automatically goes up.

whatareyoun2
whatareyoun2

I waited tables for a few years and believe me, it wasn't easy. These folks work hard and depend on your generosity. Try living on $2.13 an hour plus tipping out your bus boys and bartenders - and then every dollar you sell in food & bevvies is reported to Uncle Sammy. By the time you get turned upside down and shaken down and avg that in with slow shifts - you're lucky if you net an avg of over $5 per hour worked. 


One of the places I used to work at - if a table of "minorities" came in - none of the servers would want to take the table (including the waitstaff who were themselves "minorities" of that same race). The servers would actually fight over who would HAVE to wait on them for free (80% of the time). Keeping in mind the tip-outs to everyone and the % you have to declare to uncle sammy. Best thing you can do is pay for your meal with a credit card, but tip in CASH. If your tip is on the credit card, the entire amount is reported to uncle sammy. However, if the credit card slip has zero tip - the server can claim a bit less - cuz who's to say they weren't stiffed by the cheap folks that paid with a credit card? NEVER NEVER NEVER leave a tip on your credit card TO ANYONE THAT DEPENDS ON TIPS FOR A LIVING - unless you want their greedy uncle getting a big chunk of it.

BBart
BBart

Rule of Thumb (for me):  For breakfast, tip by the hour ($10 per hour).  Breakfast food is inexpensive, and servers need to turn tables over repeatedly to make it work.  If I'm there for 1-2 hours and our total bill is $15, I leave an extra $10 or $20 depending on time spent.  


For lunch... pretty standard 20% (and I don't tip on tax, sorry... pet peeve), though the above rule applies if we're at a place that needs to turn the table over a lot.


Dinner... 20% on food, 10% on big wine ($150+ per bottle), plus extra if we really got great service / attention.


I do like the policy of NO TIPPING... restauranteur raises prices sufficiently to cover paying his people more, and then devising a "PROFIT SHARING" model based on gross sales.  Work hard, dress/look/smell appropriately, and be nice... good things happen.

tommydkat
tommydkat

I used to be a waiter, so I know the plight of relying so heavily on the public to pay you.  Having been in Europe for a year or so just changed my whole perspective on things.  Tipping there (and most if not all countries aside from the US) is something that is a little extra.  Shame on the employers for not making waiting on jobs a decent living.  I actually had a waiter insist that I take some money back (he knew I was American, and that I was over tipping.)  he said he appreciates it, but the restaurant pays him a great salary with to take care of the guests.

As far as celebrities being cheap, just because they make a crap load of money, does not mean it should be expected that they pay more for good service. 20 - 25 percent.. Sure, but don't expect them to give you a tip that will pay your mortgage.

gvern100
gvern100

Snoop Dogg is cheap as well. I took a room service order to his room for his entourage and our restaurant doesn't even do room service and he stiffed me.

shinjots
shinjots

Good Lord you people are a bunch of self entitled whiny brats. How rich or poor someone is, is none of your business. How much of a gift they leave you at the end if their meal is also not something that you can dictate. I waited tables before and it's NOT DIFFICULT. Want more money...talk to the boss. He/she is charging me plenty for my meal so take it up with them.

valetguy
valetguy

The Duck Dynasty crew are the worst I have ever seen. We brought in there bags (4 carts full) and parked 11 suburbans for them and what did they give us, NOTHING not even a thanks. When they returned with there vehicles they would throw there keys to the valet and just say here ya go. Worst in my book period.

pstroma8
pstroma8

in regards to generous celebrity tippers , add howard stern, he leaves no less than 50%.. i e been a server for 20 years in hollywood/beverly hills and private exclusive lounges , have to say that with exception of obama pretty much all political figures are cheap bastards as well as religious folks of all kinds

tennboy1981
tennboy1981

I seriously can't believe the comments some of these people have left.  Its so pitiful how greedy and spoiled Americans are.  Look, its simple....Most servers make roughly 2.13 per hour....the federal minimum wage for servers......Most of them also have to tip out their bartenders, food runners, and table bussers which all affects their bottom line at the end of the night.  When you are too cheap to tip appropriately, you are basically stealing from the server, since they still have to tip out the others.....I hear people saying "well if I order a 10.00 burger or a 30.00 steak I should be able to tip the same for the same amount of work".....That being said, rethink what I just said, servers have a lot of overhead and dont make much in an hourly wage...they depend on their tips.  If everyone in the restaurant tipped the server a dollar becuase they all got the same service, guess what?  The server would be broke and most likely not working there....If you can afford to splurge on a 30.00 entree, versus spending 10 dollars on the cheeseburger special, you can afford to tip your server appropriately.  I would never expect any celebrities to tip "more" than 20%, but if you can go out and spend 2 grand on a nice expensive dinner, and boast to your friends how "rich" you are, you sure as hell can tip your server appropriately, since they are the ones making your evening HAPPEN.  Its easy.  If you can afford to tip your server, then DONT GO OUT....cook your own steak, or go to Mcdonalds where you dont have to tip.

nrubino5
nrubino5

It's always those that have the most that give the least !!!!!!!

penelfunk
penelfunk

I just ran across this site, some good comments. I'm not sure but aren't wait staff in CA taxed on their yearly sales?So if a waitperson say has a, 200$ tab, the IRS assumes that he or she has received an appropriate tip, and then is taxed upon that assumption. So in theory it could actually end up costing the wait person more(out of that persons own pocket!?) to wait upon the "cheap"and famous. I'm just curious because if they are being taxed for total yearly sales, then things like orders to go, or getting stiffed on a tip come back to bite them in the ass more than once. Just curious if anyone knows more about this?

fashogi
fashogi

Isn't tip already included in large groups? Thats an additional tip and its not necessary at all to do that

 

brody182
brody182

why are we supporting these trash so called celebrities?

Billy Williams
Billy Williams

Oops, forgot to add that comment was from another article on celebrity tippers, i agree with it, where's the proof?

Jroc178
Jroc178

Combat tours from.Vietnam to Iraq? If you're going to be a lying piece of $hit..at least make it somewhat believable? Idiot.

Pete
Pete

One more stereotype: I'll wait on gays and lesbians any time. They are notoriously GREAT tippers.

Pete
Pete

I think anybody in the food service industry knows that blacks are notoriously bad tippers, so the celebs referenced in the article come as no surprise! (Even Oprah said she's embarrassed by what bad tippers "her people" are.) FYI: I've also received terrific tips from black diners, but that is an infrequent occurrence.

Joanne Bishop
Joanne Bishop

Big surprise? Those that made it, don't want to share it? Big as their butt's, their Ego's. Always have a lot of advice on how to get there but not willing to help other's along the way.

Allen
Allen

  I know this is long and detailed but it clearly spells out the law in California regarding tips and service charges, the latter of which are referred to as "autograts."  As you can see per Question 6, a service charge (autograt) is not a tip. California Labor Code Section 351 prohibits employers and their agents from sharing in or keeping any portion of a gratuity left for or given to one or more employees by a patron. Furthermore it is illegal for employers to make wage deductions from gratuities, or from using gratuities as direct or indirect credits against an employee’s wages. The law further states that gratuities are the sole property of the employee or employees to whom they are given. "Gratuity" is defined in the Labor Code as a tip, gratuity, or money that has been paid or given to or left for an employee by a patron of a business over and above the actual amount due for services rendered or for goods, food, drink, articles sold or served to patrons. It also includes any amount paid directly by a patron to a dancer covered by IWC Wage Order 5 or 10. 1.Q.What is a tip? A.A tip is money a customer leaves for an employee over the amount due for the goods sold or services rendered. Tips belong to the employee, not to the employer. 2.Q.When a customer pays their bill with a credit card and the payment includes a tip, when can the employee expect to receive the money from the employer? A.Payment of a gratuity made by a patron using a credit card must be paid to the employee not later than the next regular payday following the date the patron authorized the credit card payment. Labor Code Section 351 3.Q.My employer is deducting the credit card processing fees from my tips. Is this legal? A.No. Labor Code Section 351 provides that the employer must pay the employee the full amount of the tip that is indicated on the credit card. The employer may not make any deduction for credit card processing fees or costs that are charged to the employer by the credit card company from gratuities paid to the employee. 4.Q.I work in a large restaurant as a waiter. My employer told me that I am required to share my tips with the busboy and the bartender. Am I obligated to do this? A. Yes. According to a California court, Labor Code Section 351 allows involuntary tip pooling. Therefore, your employer can require that you share your tips with other staff that provide service in the restaurant. In this regard, it’s DLSE’s position that when a tip pooling arrangement is in effect, the tips are to be distributed among the employees who provide "direct table service." Such employees could conceivably include waiters and waitresses, busboys, bartenders, host/hostesses and maitre d’s. Employees who do not provide direct table service and who do not share in the tip pool include dishwashers, cooks, and chefs, except in restaurants where the chefs prepare the food at the patron’s table, in which case the chef may participate in the tip pool. Additionally, tip pooling cannot be used to compensate the owner(s), manager(s), or supervisor(s) of the business, even if these individuals should provide direct table service to a patron. 5.Q.Are the tips I receive considered part of my "regular rate of pay" for overtime calculations? A.No. Since tips are voluntarily left for you by the customer of the business and are not being provided by the employer, they are not considered as part of your regular rate of pay when calculating overtime. 6.Q.Is a mandatory service charge considered to be the same as a tip or gratuity? A.No, a tip is a voluntary amount left by a patron for an employee. A mandatory service charge is an amount that a patron is required to pay based on a contractual agreement or a specified required service amount listed on the menu of an establishment. An example of a mandatory service charge that is a contractual agreement would be a 10 or 15 percent charge added to the cost of a banquet. Such charges are considered as amounts owed by the patron to the establishment and are not gratuities voluntarily left for the employees. Therefore, when an employer distributes all or part of a service charge to its employees, the distribution may be at the discretion of the employer and the service charge, which would be in the nature of a bonus, would be included in the regular rate of pay when calculating overtime payments. 7.Q.My employer deducts my tips from my paycheck. Is this legal? A.No. Your employer can neither take your tips (or any part of them), nor deduct money from your wages because of the tips you earn. Furthermore, your employer cannot credit your tips against the money the employer owes you. Labor Code Section 351 8.Q.My employer pays me less than the minimum wage because he includes my tips in my hourly pay. Is this legal? A.No. Unlike under federal regulations, in California an employer cannot use an employee’s tips as a credit towards its obligation to pay the minimum wage. California law requires that employees receive the minimum wage plus any tips left for them by patrons of the employer’s business. Labor Code Section 351 9.Q.What can I do if my employer credits my tips against my wages? A.You can either file a wage claim with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (the Labor Commissioner’s Office), or you can file a lawsuit in court against your employer in to recover the lost wages.  Additionally, if your employer is crediting your tips against your wages, you are being underpaid your wages and thus, if you no longer work for this employer, you can make a claim for the waiting time penalty. 10.Q.What is the procedure that is followed after I file a wage claim? A.After your claim is completed and filed with a local office of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), it will be assigned to a Deputy Labor Commissioner who will determine, based upon the circumstances of the claim and information presented, how best to proceed. Initial action taken regarding the claim can be (i) referral to a conference, (ii) referral to a hearing, or (iii) dismissal of the claim. If the decision is to hold a conference, the parties will be notified by mail of the date, time and place of the conference. The purpose of the conference is to determine the validity of the claim, and to see if the claim can be resolved without a hearing. If the claim is not resolved at the conference, the next step usually is to refer the matter to a hearing or dismiss it for lack of evidence. At the hearing the parties and witnesses testify under oath, and the proceeding is recorded. After the hearing, an Order, Decision, or Award (ODA) of the Labor Commissioner will be served on the parties. Either party may appeal the ODA to a civil

Lds555
Lds555

maybe if they had ever had to work hard in their lives they would appreciate how hard it is to be a good waiter/waitress.  Shame on them.  my opionion of them has drastically changed.

Donny
Donny

TIger doesn't tip, because he doesn't carry cash?  B.S.!!!  Hey Tiger, can't you tip when you sign the credit card slip!!!!

Man
Man

Ha! How funny is it that black people are disproportionately represented in this list. It really confirms the stereotype!

Tracy
Tracy

WOW, so many cheap  asses in this thread! I'm on a fixed income (disability due to MS) and I go out to dinner as a rare treat. I know beforehand I'll be adding at least 20% no matter what. I understand the value of a dollar and the value of hard work. I am consistently generous to servers, have never been in the service industry because I would choke a bitch within 20 seconds and go to jail. The work they do would drive anyone batshit so based on that alone, I tip them well for having to deal with horrid people. I know when I go out, my server can at least go home at the end of the shift knowing one person was kind and understanding.

frank_0888
frank_0888

     Unless the service was truly lacking, there is no excuse to be so arrogant and plain stingy!!!

Sk8str
Sk8str

Tiger knows he can leave tips on credit cards, right?

Rayquaza911
Rayquaza911

Simple, when service sucks pay by card, no tip. When it's good, show them you appreciated the service. Sometimes we don't know the whole story.

shawn
shawn

so technically, we can choose not to pay tips and the waiter/waitress don't have to serve us, we can grab the food our selves? 

shawn
shawn

 Why can't the restaurant owners pay their workers a decent wage instead of making us pay their tip? They are suppose to serve us, its their job, they supposed to get paid by their bosses, not by us.

Bt
Bt

Fact is we don't know what these people tip every time.  We only hear about the bad tips left.

You got a bad tip?  Guess what?  Your service most likely sucked.  You failed at your job.  Don't blame the customer.

jackie
jackie

know who else is a shitty tipper ? Stephen King,waited on him at my restaurant,he left a measley 2 bucks!wtf is it with these celebrities,they are loaded and stingy!Share the wealth if you are that blessed,you cant take it with you,ya know......

pruitt.lisa.l.p
pruitt.lisa.l.p

It's 15 % if it's good service and 20 % if it's great

Ivapaint
Ivapaint

@tommydkat Yup; we went to Iceland and were pleasantly surprised to have our tips turned down with the explanation that tipping is considered somewhat rude as their work ethic dictates that they provide the best service possible, which indeed they do.  Even one of the tour bus drivers was offended (but trying to be cool about it) when some loud, obnoxious woman passed the hat around the bus asking people for their spare change so that the driver could "have some beers on us."  We could tell he was mortified.  Refreshing, to say the least.  I suppose folks in the service industry are either paid adequately or have a more developed sense of pride in their work than here in the U.S.

bartender101
bartender101

I don't know if it's the same where you are. But I have lived in SC GA and TN. That being said no matter what the price is on the food or if they decide to go up I still was paid 2.13 an hour. I know I am very good at what I do and I work hard for the money I recieve. With 2.13 an hour and work 80 hours plus for two weeks my check comes out to be anywhere from 17 to 32 dollars. 18% as a tip isn't much. In fact if you have a party most restaurants automatically add 18% gratuity in on the bills. So let's say you come in with your family order a basic meal and a soda or even water that gets refills for free. No alcohol. You sit and chit chat with your family for three hours. Your bill as a whole isn't that much therefore the gratuity isn't either. But nobody leaves a tip on top of the gratuity. For instance let's say your family has ten adults. Your bill as a whole is $200. The gratuity would be $36. And you sat for 3 hours getting free refills "camping"on one servers table. Let's split the bill evenly between 10 people. $20 a person no big deal right?? With a gratuity in each check $3.60. Why not throw at least $2 on each check from each adult. $20 extra from a party. That's not only generous but makes up for the tables and money lost from a party that's been sitting. Think of it like this your party takes up 3 tables that sit 4 a piece for three hours. She could have had 12 tables averaging at 4 tables an hour for 3 hours. Let's say they tipped her $5 a table. That comes out to be $60 in 3 hours. Now let's go back to your party of a gratuity with no additional tip she makes $36 losing money. The service industry lives off their tips. A check is anything isn't even a tank of gas. If you're going to be cheap go to a dollar menu or stay home.

BBart
BBart

@valetguy Their, There, They're


Their cars, their money, their food.


Park the car over THERE!  There are the folks from Duck Dynasty.


They're nice people.  They're not big tippers, apparently.



shinjots
shinjots

Talk about being spoiled,yeesh. Servers are not entitled to anything except what their employer pays them, period end of story. Anything they get from the customer is a "gratuity", for exceptional service, not a requirement. So please don't tell the rest of us that unless we're willing to pay you what you "think" you "deserve" that we need to stay home. Here's a better idea, don't like what your boss is paying you, then DON'T GO OUT. Stay home.

Fools_RushL_in
Fools_RushL_in

@penelfunk Absolutely. Restaurants are erratic about reporting tips but normally they report no less than 15%, whether collected or not, or risk the wrath of the IRS.

cynthiarose1917
cynthiarose1917

ITS SPELLED, BLACKS. A DUMB STATEMENT, FOR A DUMB INDIVIDUAL. VERY SAD.

shinjots
shinjots

Take order, enter order, carry order from point A to point B...very difficult indeed. Yeah, I was a waiter once and it's not at all difficult. Want more money, talk to your boss.

cowlman131313
cowlman131313

@Lds555 you my friend are slightly delirious if you believe it takes no work to be a professional athlete. 

tennboy1981
tennboy1981

@Donny He's just too worried about the next affair he can have, I guess he forgot how to tip.

tennboy1981
tennboy1981

@Rayquaza911 Umm most slips have a "tip" line.....so thats a stupid excuse.

tennboy1981
tennboy1981

@shawn Thats what burgerking and mcdonalds is for.

tennboy1981
tennboy1981

@shawn Thats what burgerking and mcdonalds is for.  If you dont want to tip, go eat there.  You would end up paying more for that entree anyway, since they would have to pay the servers themselves, then you can really expect bad service.  So before you go out, pull out your calculator and determine what you can spend.  If you plan on stealing from servers because you're too cheap to tip, then eat at home, or go to taco bell.

Vigilarus
Vigilarus

It's an incentive system based on honor. Those without honor or class create disincentives for good service by not tipping. The menu items would cost more if wait staff wages were higher, but then there's less accountability for bad service. Those who don't pay for decent service are stealing.

tennboy1981
tennboy1981

@Bt Umm most servers Ive come in contact with are polite, friendly and do their jobs well. Here in America, we have spoiled rotten cheap customers who expect servers to cater to their every need, kiss and wipe their ass, and get a 10% tip in return, yeah Im blaming the customer for being an arrogant cheap prick.  Learn how to tip or go to mcdonalds....not ALL customers are that way, just the arrogant selfish pricks.  I can normally spot them from a mile away.

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