Restaurant Says 1% Tip Receipt Is A Fake

You know that receipt with the 1% tip and the handwritten “get a real job” note? Well, in a case of too-funny-to-be-true, it’s apparently a hoax.

According to TheSmokingGun, the restaurant where the bad tip was purported to have been left has since located the actual receipt. And rather than it showing a $1.33 tip on a $133.54 bill, it shows a $33.54 bill and a tip of more than $7.

So it should come as no surprise that the “get a real job” note was also apparently never written on the receipt.

Sorry, The Restaurant Receipt Left By That Nasty, Rich Banker Is A Photoshop Hoax [Smoking Gun]


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  1. fpage77 says:

    Restaurant could easily have faked the “real” one so the banker wouldn’t sue them.

    • Bsamm09 says:

      What grounds would the banker sue on? He left the receipt in a public place with no expectation of privacy and there is no libel issues since it would be the truth.

      • RandomHookup says:

        I’m not sure that giving the restaurant your receipt by leaving it on the table is really a “public place”. I expect privacy for my payment at any restaurant.

        • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

          But the banker’s co-worker (underling) allegedly snapped the photo and posted it … so I’m not sure how the restaurant would have been culpable.

          • RandomHookup says:

            No argument there (assuming it was his colleague and not a waiter). I just disagree that the banker leaving his receipt on the table isn’t the same as posting it on the nearest telephone pole.

          • Gertie says:

            And the kid had/has an agenda. His blog is called Future Ex Banker.

        • mszabo says:

          This is probably true, but in that case publishing a phony reciept that shows he left a better tip and has a different total would give the banker MORE cause to sue not less. So I’m in the fpage77 forgot to take his meds camp.

    • Cerne says:

      Is being that crazy and paranoid painful?

      • fpage77 says:

        Is being a jack ass contagious I hope not your comment is next to mine.

        • daynight says:

          Don’t worry. I don’t think Cerne is in any real danger from you.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          Uncalled for, your comment was pretty baseless, paranoid, blame the OP, shoot the messenger, take your pick.

          What rational basis did you come to that conclusion? Let’s keep in mind that the restaurant did not post this receipt, so what basis would someone have to sue them for it? Then, assuming you the real receipt was posted yesterday, and as you say today’s post is the faked receipt. Then just in general, what legal ground would the banker have to sue anybody?

          Hate to say it, but your comment didn’t in my mind have a shred of proof, rational thought, or purpose.

          So take that jack ass contagion and smoke it.

          /Cantankerous Tuesday mode

    • f5alcon says:

      Why would the banker sue them, it was posted by the bankers coworker, not by the restaurant.

    • Gertie says:

      You want to believe the original story, right? It fits your viewpoint of the world, so it must be true.

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      Give it up already. Occam’s razor is waaaay sharper than you.

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      I have $100 that says “future ex-banker” is actually the waitress or a friend of hers who has never set foot in a bank, except maybe to smear poop on the walls.

  2. mr cloudy says:

    I want to see the original to compare it with the shopped one.

    • Jack T Ripper says:

      Same here. Honestly speaking as someone who has been using photoshop for a decade and knows how to fake a picture, that is a really good effort if it is faked. I don’t know that I would have ever noticed if someone hadn’t said it was. I still wouldn’t be able to validate that it was faked until I saw the original. But even then I wouldn’t trust it. If someone can do this good of a job on a fake, then I wouldn’t trust anything I saw from here on out.

      And what is the deal with taking receipt pictures like it is going to wind up in a food catalog? That is a staged picture taken with a good camera. Definitely not your typical iPhone camera shot. So something is definitely fishy.

    • tournant says:
      • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

        The comparison is missing the “customer” vs. “merchant” on the bottom of the ‘original’. My guess is the customer took the “merchant” copy and left the other as the ‘original’.

  3. wenhaver says:

    It still says a lot that people were willing to accept it without blinking an eye (hat tip to the folks on the original thread who called fake).

    • drjayphd says:

      Nah, it just says people on the Internet do what people on the Internet do. I wouldn’t be surprised if the faked receipt was still making the rounds two weeks from now, touching off new rounds of outrage.

    • Scuba Steve says:

      Meh. Someone leaving a bad tip somewhere isn’t going to make me get my virtual torches and pitchforks. Therefore “accepting” it or not, I wasn’t about to get up in anyone’s face over it. The likelyhood of it being fake was probably pretty high, I honestly could not care less either way.

    • Kuri says:

      All it tells me is that people have been burned by the 1% so much we’re willing to believe just about anything negative.

      • TuxthePenguin says:

        All it really tells me is that people are so desperate to score points they don’t stop and think about what they find.

        If its too good to be true, it probably is.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        Actually it’s a psychological truth that humans are more willing to believe things that support the beliefs they already hold, and more difficult to belief things that contradict their beliefs even if rooted in logic and fact.

        This holds true for the population at large.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

      Thank you for the hat tip!

    • Gertie says:

      Thank you! I was one of the naysayers. I didn’t believe it for a second, and I sympathize with the 99%.

    • Quake 'n' Shake says:

      Pretty much why nobody who matters takes any of these “Occupy Whatever I’m Mad at Today” people seriously, except when they’re looting, defecating in public and creating an overall health and safety hazard.

    • SteveinOhio says:

      The 1% is definitely in the Mike Tyson zone. There’s nothing so ridiculous that you’d go “An investment banker would NEVER do that…”

    • dks64 says:

      You know why people believed it? Because it happens. Not always from 1%-ers, but everyone. The other day, with good service, I got $5 on a $180 bill. That’s a little under 3%. If a group can afford steaks, appetizers, and drinks, they can sure as hell afford to tip.

  4. NurseTimLPN says:

    It’s a faaake.

  5. J-Sap says:

    This is just the 1% trying to cover up for one of there idiots. Don’t be fooled.

    • punkrawka says:

      I will have to remember this post for the next time someone asks me the difference between irony and a coincidence. The phrase “there idiots” in this context is a nice example of irony.

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      This thread is about a tip, not Loose Change.

  6. Tim says:

    Ehh, I knew it. I could tell by some of the pixels, and from having seen quite a few ‘shops in my time.

  7. Jawaka says:

    lol of course nobody comments when the banker over tips. Where’s the fun in that?

  8. Liam Kinkaid says:

    Vreenak was right!

  9. Olivia Neutron-Bomb says:

    This is just the short form. I want to see the real, original long form receipt! What are they hiding?

    • Jack T Ripper says:

      They are hiding the fact that it is damn near impossible for a guy to rack up a $133 bill at a place whose most expensive item is $30 bucks.

      To be honest, I’m not so sure it is faked. There is a lot of consistency when you look at this closely. If this is photoshoped, then you could had fooled me. None of the numbers were reused and it really does seem to be a legitimate photo. However, the thing that concerns me most is the quality of the picture. This wasn’t taken with somebody’s cell phone. Someone staged this photo and took it with a nice camera. Now why would you do that? Like I said… If this is a fake picture then someone did a really good job at it. Probably not good enough to fool real experts, but I do this sort of thing all day and you definitely could have fooled me with it.

  10. Minj says:

    Now how many people who used the previous thread to fuel their class warfare hate are going to pull that piece of “evidence” out of their head? People never notice or remember the corrections, only the original piece.

    • magnetic says:

      …because this is the only thing out there that makes me want to eat the rich.

    • poco says:

      The same as the number of wingnuts who still claim Obama never showed his birth certificate. Only this story didn’t get corporate sponsorship in the form of a “news” network.

  11. Hungry Dog says:

    It’s so obvious now, the pixels so pixely. We still haets the fat cats.

  12. mopman64 says:

    Oh so funny, some sucm bag OWS jerk $%# did this. Get it, 1% tip. Oh funny.

  13. Ilovegnomes says:

    How about the Consumerist post a useful story related to the topic of tipping such as, “Does the IRS really expect a server to make 18% in tips and if they don’t, they deduct it from their wage?” I’m dying to know if this claim, that keeps getting made in tipping threads, has any truth to it. I looked on the IRS’s web site and could not find anything to this claim.

    • ChilisServer says:

      No, the IRS taxes servers on 8% of their sales, which means if our total tips are less than 8% of our sales, we pay tax on money we didn’t make. I now work for “Blue Crustacean” and never have a problem making more than 8%, but when I worked at Chili’s I did. Nothing changed but the venue, so I have to believe that there are waitresses out there at hole-in-the-wall restaurants being taxed on the difference between their actual tips and the 8% of sales they “should” make in tips.

      • Ilovegnomes says:

        On the web page that I saw (from the IRS), it said that the server and restaurant should keep a tip log and accurately report based on that log/records. If the server did not make the 8% and can prove that, isn’t there a way for a server to protest/override this IRS rule and pay taxes on what they actually made?

        • ChilisServer says:

          I’m not sure. Part of the problem is the cash tips we receive. The credit card tips are documented well, but they pretty much have to take us at our word when we say we made ___ amount in cash. I would imagine it would open up an audit, which is a huge pain in the ass.

          I would also like to point out that, while I am a waitress in college, many aren’t in college and may not have the knowledge, confidence, or education that would push them in the direction of challenging the 8% tax rule for tipped employees.

          Since I’m married we typically get a refund so I probably wouldn’t bother challenging it. I wouldn’t want to open myself up to an audit since I’m notoriously bad at hanging on to receipts, and I doubt they would want to just take my word on what I make. I never deposit my cash tips into the bank – it’s used immediately at the grocery store – so I guess they couldn’t prove I DID make it, but I just don’t need the headache and neither do most servers.

        • Doubting thomas says:

          (Former server, and restaurant manager who had to train employees on this)
          No, because of cash tips if you report less than 8% the IRS assumes you are lying and will not only audit you but the restaurant as well. So it is not entirely accurate to report that the IRs will take the money. More likely your employer will, or they will just fire you (or more likely reduce the number and quality of your shifts until you quit.)
          Of course if you are in a state with a tipped minimum wage, usually around $2.13 an hour, and you are really making less than 8% in tips you should quit. You either work for a really crappy place or you are a really bad server.

          By the way having worked at places that cater to the 1% they are much more likely to tip more than 20% than they are 1%. Especially when they are out with their mistresses.

    • arcticJKL says:

      Good Idea! And while were at it can we discuss not taxing tips? Half the people here tip based on the knowledge the tip is taxed.

    • missmarymack says:

      The IRS taxes servers on all the tips they claim. Servers *should* be reporting all of their tips, but rarely do. Server legend is that if you claim under 8% of your sales as tips (meaning.. you had $1000 in sales, you should claim at least $80 in tips) then the IRS will come after you. When servers say “they didn’t tip me, so now I’m paying taxes on a tip I didn’t get” is kinda false… sure, that table tipped you 0%, but the other 30 you had that night tipped 20%, which evens out to still being over 8%.
      The time when this is true is when the server is responsible for tipping out busboys, bartenders, hosts, etc – stiffing then does really hurt each person in the restaurant. Managers make tip-out guidelines assume that servers make around 20% in tips on average, all night, so that one stiffed table fucks it all up.
      I waited tables for 10 years in places where you claim 100% of tips, 0% of tips, and all in between, and never found myself in an audit. My theory is that it’s just too expensive to go after a bunch of waiters for pennies.

  14. Blueskylaw says:

    I wonder how that 1 percenter was able to hack into the restaurants computer and change the tip from $1.33 to more than $7.00?

    • frank64 says:

      Well, they are the top 1%, they control everything!

    • scoosdad says:

      “So far this semester, Ferris has been absent nine times.”

      “Nine times?”

      Niine times…I’ve got it right here in front of me…” (as the computer display counts down from 9 to 2).

      • Blueskylaw says:

        You must be around my age if you remember that. I won’t say my age but let me repeat: You must be around my age if you remember that.

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      Democracy Now! and Dylan Avery have discovered he was able to hack the Bush-Cheney weather machine to do just this.

      Goddamn 1%-ers!

  15. waicool says:

    Sounds like a classic case of projection syndrome now. The server dude can do photoshop, i’m impressed.

  16. ancientone567 says:

    I guess nobody has to die now! :)

  17. D007H says:

    Maybe this goof would convince the Consumerist to run less of this kind of human interest stories that get people pissed, but doesn’t have much actual value in helping consumers.

    • energynotsaved says:

      I agree. While these stories are nice to get the blood pressure up, they don’t really fulfill the mission of the site.

    • elangomatt says:

      Oh come on, posts like the original one are what makes consumerist so much fun. I am entertained by those posts just to see all of the “I think tipping is stupid” to the “OMG, I always tip 200%” people that show up to the comments.

  18. eezy-peezy says:

    I thought as much when I read the story.

  19. AJC says:

    Not to be obvious, but did anyone ASK the server?

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      I was wondering the same thing. According to the original story, the manager said he would make sure she was taken care of. I may be reading too much into this, but I would infer that he had already spoken to her based on his statement. This leads me to beleive that she may have been part of this scam.

      • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

        As she may have received the ‘customer copy’ signed by the customer and doctored the remaining scraps, I bet she is “taken care of” and filing for unemployment.

      • dks64 says:

        I just don’t see the point in this. Why would the server lie? For attention? I don’t think the server was involved. It’s likely the Guest Copy was left with the real signature and the Merchant Copy was left behind, where someone took it. We don’t even know if this “banker” exists.

  20. nbs2 says:

    So……where is MB’s apology? I see that this retraction comes from Chris (who I suspect also wrote the update on the original story). Her post was so full of angry quotes and thoughts that I can’t help but wonder about her reaction to this hoax.

    Not to put any support in the Tea Party bucket (I’ve been to both TP and ODC rallies), but they do have a point in that they did tend to behave better than the Occupy folks. It doesn’t make me throw support to the TP, but it does cause me to withhold support from Occupy. So, yeah, that was a bit of a non-ish-sequiter, but just something I was thinking about (I happened to see a pee balloon article from yesterday sitting on a park bench this morning), and this hoax was just another, “hey look, we can’t express our real grievances, so we’ll make some more up that are more like to incite violence.”

    • TuxthePenguin says:

      I was thinking the same thing. MB should have posted the retraction/apology rather than Chris.

      I support OWS just like I support the TP. They both are trying to get the party to be more responsive to the people rather than using them to get into the gravy train.

      But *bleep* like this doesn’t help your cause. If anything, it hurts it because it calls your honesty into question.

    • Cicadymn says:

      I knew the article would be full of bile and hate when I saw that not only was it written by MB, But that it was also an OWS supporting article. And I was also sure we’d never see an apology from her when it came to light that it was a fraud.

      But at least I know what to expect when coming to Consumerist nowadays.

    • 10,000 Hours says:

      Exactly. What gets me is many of the same people calling conservatives idiots because “they believe everything Fox News tells them” were passing this story around as 100% truth without an ounce of skepticism or irony. I saw this on Facebook a dozen times last night from all my Democrat friends. It backs up their beliefs, adds fuel to their fire, and even now when its shown to be fake, these same people are saying “Who cares if its fake, the message rings true! There’s nothing to apologize for.” We saw this with Dan Rather and his forged Bush Nationa Guard documents, and even last week, someone on a climate change council (he even sat on the “Ethics” board!) forged an anti-global warming memo to discredit a consevative think tank. It got passed around the progressive blogosphere, and yet NO retractions.

  21. TheMansfieldMauler says:

    But but but…it’s still a valid reason to hate and envy the rich* right? RIGHT?

    *Note: the definition of “rich” may change without notice. See Obama’s tax plan for details.

  22. zibby says:

    Here’s betting that a lot of people won’t believe the restaurant because they want this to be true so badly.

  23. arcticJKL says:

    I’m shocked! Shocked to hear this!

  24. LanMan04 says:

    Bullshit, I don’t believe the restaurant for a second. They just don’t want bad press.

  25. Cicadymn says:


    I didn’t find it very funny how many people were offering to beat someone to death because of a fake tip.

  26. dakeypoo says:

    But, this can’t be fake! The republicans are responsible!

  27. Gertie says:

    I’m not the “told you so” type.

    Making an exception this time since my comment in yesterday’s post was thought to be foolish.

    I have kids and the handwriting, especially the numbers, looked like the script of someone writing very, very carefully. Screamed phony from the moment I saw it.

  28. almightytora says:

    It’s funny how the blacked out parts of the receipt don’t even try to hide the restarant’s information. Just in case you guys are curious:

    True Food Kitchen
    Fashion Islands
    451 Newport Center Dr.
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    P: 949.644.2400

  29. 10,000 Hours says:

    Time to call people out on yesterday’s vitriol:

    MMD: “But, for me, this photo works quite well as a symbol of everything that’s wrong with the conservative/libertarian/tea party mentality that we should stop taxing the “job creators”. Wealth does *not* trickle down.” —> Now that its proven a hoax, is this a symbol of everything that’s wrong with agenda-driven lefties who believe and promote lies?

    MMD, again: “It may be inconvenient for you to admit this, but this photo doesn’t help conservative causes much.” —> So now that this photo is a fake, how does this help liberal causes?

    OnePumpChump: “I think it’s safe to say that THIS banker is a conservative.” —> Now that its shown to be a fake, and the actual tip was above 20%, is it still safe to say this guy is a conservative? If not, why not? And is it ‘safe to say’ the hoax was done by a lefty, and therefore all lefties will lie as long as it helps their cause?

    Cat has been freebasing Folgers Crystals: “There is no “class warfare”. That’s impossible when the “upper class” has no class” —> Is forging receipts to continue class warfare considered a “classy” thing to do?

    zantafio: “well why oh why blacking out the name of that douchebag? Come on let’s publicly shame that a$$. Oh and if waitressing is not a “real job” then I guess bars and restaurants would do perfectly fine with no waiters.” —> Will you get behind publicly shaming the people behind this hoax, or should they not come forward because the “overall message” still rings true?

    nocturnaljames: “This person does have a real job, providing a valuable service. On the other hand, the banker doesn’t have a real job, doesn’t create anything, just destroys lives.” —> Would you consider forging a fake receipt in order to increase hatred against other Americans solely because they make more money than you “creative” or “destructive”?

    marc6065: “I have a ‘real job” it is beating the shit out snobby asshats like this jackoff. Let me know where he is , he is past due for his “tuneup”!!!” —> Does your job description for “Internet Tough Guy” include beating up asshats who fake receipts in order to lie about other Americans?

    ancientone567: “I would actually love to beat the shit out of this guy to within 1 inch of his life and I am not a violent person. Then I would give him a “TIP” and tell him to try to keep breathing, through the blood, if he wants to live.” —> Now that ‘this guy’ probably doesn’t exist and whoever actually signed the bill gave a 20%+ tip, who will you beat up as “Co-Internet Tough Guy”? The hoaxer? A random banker?

    Sisterfunkhaus: “They should ban the customer from the restaurant. That is disgusting. It seems almost like sociopathic behavior to treat someone that way.” —> Is it sociopathic behavior to hate the 1% so much that you have to resort to forging a receipt to “prove” how evil they are? Is it sociopathic to pass this along as 100% true without any bit of skepticism?

  30. Gertie says:

    Why would the restaurant care? They aren’t the ones who released the photo. It was done by a blogger called Future Ex Banker. Incidently, the blogger has erased his blog and twitter account. The restaurant had nothing to do with the faked photo.

    What bad publicity?

  31. SilentAgenger says:

    Fake or not, I’m surprised that so many people (including the media) bit into this hook-line-and-sinker without the least bit of caution. I first learned of this yesterday morning on a news telecast, and my first impressions were “Wow, Consumerist is going to have a field day with this!”, and “I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be fake”. I mean, c’mon…the act was so over-the-top cartoonish that it surely didn’t seem like the work of a rich douchebag, but more like the work of someone who wanted to FRAME a rich douchebag.

    I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the smartest guy in the room, and even I knew right away to consider the source and not jump to conclusions. Even if this takes another turn and we find that the hoax is a hoax and the act was indeed real, there just weren’t enough facts in the beginning to react as if it were 100% true.

    I wonder what the real point of this was…to frame a banker, or to show just how careless the media and the internet society has become?

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      Surprised? Don’t be. The media will fall all over themselves to rush a story if it supports their beliefs/narrative. Facts and integrity be damned.

  32. Gambrinus says:

    I’m just not really sure why ‘Rich guy is a bad tipper and kinda a jerk’ was headline worthy to begin with.

  33. Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

    Why am I not surprised?

    To all you haters who were willing to break out the torches and pitchforks at the first sign of trouble, put this data point away for future use. I guarantee it will serve you well.

  34. IDK says:

    Didn’t read all the comments, but did anyone notice that one is the guest copy and the other is the merchant copy? The one the merchant says is the real one is the guest copy, but the one that says get a real job is the merchant copy. Does the guest copy actually have a place for the customer to sign?

    • 10,000 Hours says:

      Yes, in most POS systems, the only difference between the Guest copy and the Merchant copy are the words “Guest” and “Merchant” on the bottom. And it doesn’t matter what copy the customer signs, as long as the merchant has the right information on the slip so that the bank/cc company will accept the charges and can prove the card holder authorized the charge in case it comes up. My best guess as to what happened is whoever was at this lunch is either the hoaxter, or an acquaintance of the hoaxter. The party signed and returned the Guest copy deliberately, then kept the Merchant copy to doctor up either at the table or with photoshop later.

  35. rookie says:

    i’m happy, how about you???