Banker’s insulting tip a hoax, restaurant now says

That story out of California yesterday about the arrogant banker who left a dollar tip on a hundred dollar-plus tab and then told his waitress to “get a real job” on the receipt was a hoax, according to Trending Now.

True Food Kitchen, the restaurant where the meal was served, had said it was looking into the matter after a blog post went up from a supposed bank employee who was on the scene and then put up a picture of the receipt.

Here’s the latest:

“New developments suggest that the receipt from the restaurant may have been digitally altered. According to the website the Smoking Gun, True Food Kitchen’s spokesperson said it found the original merchant copy of the receipt, and the one circulating the Internet was “altered and exaggerated.” The original receipt does not contain the tip “Get a real job.” Also, the real bill was for $33, not $133, and the tip given was $7, not $1.33.”

The tale sparked an outcry about mistreatment by the well-to-do of the working class.

36 comments Add your comment


February 27th, 2012
2:45 pm

Good Advice; not the $1.33.

February 27th, 2012
3:07 pm

Good Advice; nothing to do with the $1.33.

Barb bell

February 27th, 2012
3:17 pm

Lets find out the name of the bank and there should be at least one percent that could bank elsewhere

ld B. Massey

February 27th, 2012
3:54 pm

Find out the name of the banker swine and bank he works for and picket the hell out of the place until the retard gets fired. I’d personally like to knock the he– out of him !

Ronald B. Massey

February 27th, 2012
4:01 pm

This useless piece of dung has no idea just how hard this young lady has to work to get by in this world. He couldn’t carry on even one hour let alone even one day in her shoes. His is only achievement is the theft of millions of dollars from hard working Americans. I say it’s time for the 99% of America to revolt and rid ourselves of the treachery that is Washington,D.C. and all of wallstreet. I say “To Arms” ! Dissolve the evil among us and start anew.


February 27th, 2012
4:42 pm

I love this guy…i am a fan…I am usually against the tipping culture that America has created. The employers dont pay enough to the waiters/ waitresses and makes the consumers feel guilty for not tipping enough. I do believe its a hard job and deserves proper respect and compensation but that should come from the employer not at consumers expense. Tip should not come out of obligation, rather out of gratitude. That makes a better society.

Connor Allison

February 27th, 2012
5:15 pm

Tyler Durden

February 27th, 2012
5:25 pm

I agree “Good Advice”….math tutorials available to journalists. 1% of $133.00 isn’t $1.00.

Tyler Durden

February 27th, 2012
5:28 pm

Enough of my math quizzes. This story reflects a bigger lurking problem. Was the wine and beer pairing satisfactory for the entree?


February 27th, 2012
6:44 pm

So, since I earn over $500k a year, I must be stealing from people. According to Ronald.


February 27th, 2012
6:57 pm

No 99persense, no one said anyone is stealing, If you make that much and the rest of the 99% of Americans are struggling to provide food for their children and keep a roof over their heads, then when you go eat at a restaurant we work in you can DEFINITELY AFFORD A WONDERFUL TIP or we will continue spitting in your food. Your choice.

Kenneth Toman

February 27th, 2012
7:00 pm

Lets forget about this banker for a moment, and remember. We are 99%. Alone,and sorry Tyler my math may be off, but alone she is .00007% A pitcher of beer over his head would have lost her her job, but would have made her feel so good. Well here is an idea, lets lobby and find a way to borrow straight from the treasury, like the banks do. At, I might add, during the crisis, 0%. Yet they may take millions of houses, and charge the 99% interest…This is our money they are charging us to use. If you have a problem paying back this money you get nailed with a bad credit rating and pay more.
A hard working american is just a tool to be used. Now lets talk about the restaurant..$133 for a your employees more….. Yes let us 99% borrow up to $100,000 every ten years at the same amount the bank gives you for using your savings 2.5%..If you do not pay it off, you get a government or civil job until its paid off..You scream socialism, or communism well guess what, last time I checked we owe a communist country our lively hood, Damn how a little money turns you stupid..I am proud to be part of the 99%


February 27th, 2012
9:38 pm

That’s ok… I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes when he goes out to eat again.I wouldn’t be surprised if his waitress served him that favorite pie from the menu of the movie “The Help”LOL…….


February 27th, 2012
9:40 pm

Keep it up 1%’ers, when we 99%’ers finally reached our tipping point (no pun intended) we will just take what we want from you, ANY MEANS POSSIBLE! RIP

Nukyrtv Bjyrtv

February 27th, 2012
10:14 pm

Lending money at usury is not a job. This banker should be strung up with piano wire on pay per view
so every one can watch him bleed to death.

Nick Brosh

February 27th, 2012
11:31 pm

get a real job? Well then who is going to serve his arrogant ass?


February 28th, 2012
12:24 am

This 1% banker probably has a job, thanks to the 99%, didn’t the 99% bail those big banks out, so soon they forget. Lets hope the 99% does not forget come election time who is working for them and not the corporations.


February 28th, 2012
12:28 am

elite, millionaire bankers—they are better than you and I.


February 28th, 2012
2:49 am

All restaurants should pay their servers more, but they have a tipped-employee amout they are allowed to pay. Servers live on their tips. Besides, like it’s already been said, who would be there to serve his rude ass if no one was low enough to work in the job he so openly frowns upon?! And maybe she’s working her way through school and working towards getting a new job?! I bet her was a pain in the ass to serve too!


February 28th, 2012
7:12 am

I worked as a waitress for years while putting myself through college to get a “real job.” Funny thing was, I learned useful things (namely, how to get along in the world) at my job as a waitress than I did in college. EVERYONE should be required to work in a service profession for a while before they become “important”….we wouldn’t need to be having this discussion if that were the case.


February 28th, 2012
7:49 am

The more telling of not a place to work is we try to make it up to Breanna . Say you buy her lunch or give her 20 dollars given the amount of free press the place got over this . May be investment banking could be a new job for her .

No Scholar

February 28th, 2012
8:01 am

“S”, no the 99% did not bail those big banks out because 49.5% of the 99% don’t pay income taxes.


February 28th, 2012
8:49 am

Wonder if the “banker” has ever seen the movie “Waiting.”


February 28th, 2012
9:15 am

Just like the rich guy and Lazarus from the story in the Bible, it will all even out in the end and the “rich” banker will get his just desserts at the end. And he’d better show some humility because the Lord gives and the Lord does take away.


February 28th, 2012
9:50 am

Great storytelling, but the restaurant looked into this and the receipt is not real.

We’re glad to respond to the news stories about a tipping incident at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach. Our first concern is with our staff, we are very fortunate to have employees that are talented, bright, and undoubtedly, some of the best in the business.

We’re also glad to be able to clear up some misinformation regarding the incident at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach. The receipt that was originally posted on the blog, Future Ex Banker, and then republished by various websites, was, in fact, altered and exaggerated. We can also assure you that the receipt was not posted and altered by anyone on behalf of True Food Kitchen. We respect our guests’ privacy and take it very seriously; we would never share personal information.

We are always happy to hear from any of our customers about their experience at True Food Kitchen – good, bad or indifferent – as some of our biggest improvements come from listening to our customers. Thanks again for sharing what’s on your mind.

We hope to be able to serve you again soon.

Tyler Durden

February 28th, 2012
10:42 am

Wondered when that was coming. Can I get a menu?


February 28th, 2012
1:15 pm

This story is a HOAX. The receipt is photoshopped. Check

Gadsden Rattlers

February 28th, 2012
1:29 pm

Yo do realize its a hoax don’t you? Don’t bother checking the facts as long as it fits your Evil 1% meme. Keep spreading the lies. This is why people don’t trust the Media.


February 28th, 2012
2:22 pm

Totally proven to be a hoax. Please retract this unverified junk or revise the story.

[...] the Huffington Post, and a slew of other news sites ran with the story and – surprise, surprise – it stoked the “class warfare” fires. But [...]


February 28th, 2012
4:50 pm

True Food Kitchen employees illegals…


February 28th, 2012
5:27 pm

You know what’s funny now? All you bank-haters are WRONG!


February 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

Sam Fox used his uncanny sense of what is “now” to boost traffic to his site! Anyone else think it’s a fair assumption?


February 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

Oh those occupiers…repeat a lie enough times, and people become swindled into believing it’s the truth. Anyone can check in the internet that this story is a lie.

Here’s the report by CBS 2 news, reporting that the restaurant receipt was photoshopped, presenting a lie in regards to this incident:

I know that CNN and Huffpo will not retract this story, but man…talking about biased!


February 28th, 2012
6:35 pm

Now that the scam is exposed can the banker come back and eat again ? The bias about how people perceive others is disturbing. I find people in person are so much kinder when they are not hiding behind the internet.


February 28th, 2012
10:15 pm

when will this greedy banker issue an apology?