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 himself 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 makes 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 delivers 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 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 are 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, "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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bonv.vant
bonv.vant

this list is heavy with niggers, just sayin

bonv.vant
bonv.vant

This list is mostly niggers and jews, I guess stereotypes exist because---THEY'RE TRUE!!!!

CovertHarris
CovertHarris

Rather than promoting breaking the law, I just leave enough over 20% to pay the recipient's taxes.

commonsensewoman
commonsensewoman


A friend who runs a golf tournament that he has played in several times says he's the worst guy she's ever run across - rude, arrogant, demanding and never tips any of the staff and they just plain don't like him!!!!   That was 10-11 years ago and he hasn't changed.   I always thought he was FULL of himself and it came as no surprise about his character in other areas as well! 

roldan52
roldan52

Cheapskates make me sick. My father raised 6 children on the tips he made and he worked hard to get them . I guess that is why I overtip. I like to thank them for good service and maybe help them out.

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.

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

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

commonsensewoman
commonsensewoman

@whatareyoun2  What you said is true... they aren't all like that but the far too many are.  I've seen it first hand in more than one place. 

kykingdom
kykingdom

@whatareyoun2  I'm sorry, but this post just pisses me off.  I also waited tables for several years, at $2.13/hr., depending on people's generosity to pay for my school, rent and utility bills and I did so just fine without having to resort to risking jail time or fines at the very least for tax evasion.  Granted so many people in this country are paid "under the table," for example, I doubt the 12-year-old boy that's mowing yards around the neighborhood is going to be filing a tax return this year, but that doesn't mean you should demand a tip be paid to you in cash just so you can avoid reporting it to the government.  If you are seriously that strapped for cash at the end of the day, you need to either re-evaluate your expenses or your career choice (or simply claim more exemptions on your W4 to decrease your withholdings), not your ability to avoid your "uncle sammy" seeing what you made and taking your money.  It never fails that the people that avoid paying taxes are always the first to complain about that pothole that threw their car out of alignment when unfortunately, there just wasn't money in the budget to fix it immediately because of lack of funding from the people avoiding paying taxes.  It all comes full circle.


Also, if you are averaging somewhere in the range of $5 per hour worked, then your employer is REQUIRED by law to make up the difference so that you are at least paid minimum wage if the money you earn from tips do not provide that during the pay period worked.  Unfortunately, few servers know this because they don't know the laws they are trying to avoid, just that they should avoid them because their friend told them to.  I will say that waiting tables can be a very unstable source of income.  I worked at a very, middle of the road steakhouse that was at the low end as far as cost of the meals served, $8-18 per entrée and I still earned anywhere between $10-24/hr total (wages+tips) when I was working, even with all the crappy or non-tippers and working the non-peak hours.  Pay your taxes, like everyone else.

Jaybee
Jaybee

@whatareyoun2 pay your taxes like we do. The other end of this is how many makes big tips but never pay taxes on it.

krumley7
krumley7

You can't afford a "$150+ bottle of wine" if you can't tip 20% to pay for the service provided to you. (i.e. your server presenting the bottle, opening it for you, allowing you to taste incase you don't enjoy it, pouring it for you seemlessly throughout your meal so your glass is never empty--possibly helping you pair your wine with your meal, and/or recommending a new wine for you to try if you're feeling like trying something new.) Servers invest extensive time and money into educating themselves on this matter so their guests can receive the best experience possible. Don't be that asshole. Tip accordingly.

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.

bonv.vant
bonv.vant

@shinjots A tip is not a gift, it is payment for service. Do you have to earn your gifts? IF so then they aren't gifts are they?

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.



Jaybee
Jaybee

@tennboy1981 10.00 tip for any more is more than plenty. Look how many tables they serve. 10 tables an hours is 100.00 an hour. More than I get paid. If I decide to swing a high price meal, that does not mean I should feel guilty I have more to spend than others.

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.

green.897
green.897

@penelfunk I don't know about CA, but in OH this isn't the case. However many restaurants require a server to turn over a percentage of their sales to support staff. This means that - yes - a person who runs up a large tab and leaves little to no tip can in essence be leaving a "negative tip". 

Yes, I realize this isn't the fault of the customer, but it's a reality of the industry. If you don't want to buy into the industry, then get your food  to-go.

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.

Jaybee
Jaybee

@Pete Why? Because they are happy happy happy?


CovertHarris
CovertHarris

@kykingdom 


I leave enough over 20% to make up for taxes the recipient should pay. I don't advocate breaking the law.

green.897
green.897

@Jaybee @tennboy1981 10 tables an hour is almost unheard-of,and if it happened, it would happen rarely and perhaps only during the busiest hour or two of the busiest day of the week.


You sound like you have no idea what you're talking about.

bonv.vant
bonv.vant

@shinjots you are an ass hole, a totally foul , despicable person. You think you are somehow better than someone who is a server? You think they take a job for a $2.13 wage?! You know better than that. You know it is the standard practice in American culture that servers are compensated for their work by tips. You are not entitled to service if you don't pay for it. If you get served and don't pay for it than you are despicable crook. Why don't you be an HONEST person and next time you eat at a restaurant, you tell them before they seat you that you won't be leaving a tip. I bet you won't ever do that because you are a slimy asshole.

bonv.vant
bonv.vant

@cynthiarose1917 no, it is a very accurate statement, niggers don't tip, they also commit an extraordinary amount of theft and violent crime. They also have IQs that are at least one whole standard deviation below whites. Chances are , if you are  nigger, you are an idiot. Chances are just judging  by your statement, you are an idiot.

knucklekiss07
knucklekiss07

Most crime in the country is committed by whites, most welfare recipients are white, & race alone is not a factor in intelligence or IQ. In fact, our concepts of race don't truly exist as they vary from culture to culture & have no biological basis. We all came from Africa originally, & becoming "white" was only an adaptation to less melanin being needed in cooler climates. All of this is supported by facts & research. Stop being a jerk.

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