Zuckerberg stiffs Rome waiter on honeymoon

zuckerberg-chanFacebook’s $20 billion dollar man probably didn’t get rich by being overly generous.

Now, Mark Zuckerberg’s penurious ways are attracting the attention of at least one Rome waiter, who received no tip from the Facebook founder.

Zuckerberg is in Italy on his honeymoon. He married longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan in his back yard the day after the social media giant’s company went public, making him and many of his employees some of the richest people on Earth.

London Telegraph reporter Nick Squires reports Zuckerberg and Chan really like artichokes. While honeymooning Monday, they dined on deep-fried artichokes, fried pumpkin flowers and ravioli stuffed with sea bass and more artichokes. The total bill – about $40. The tip? Zero.

Waiters at the “service included” restaurant Nonna Betta were “amazed” they didn’t at least get a Like, a Poke or even a friend request from Chan’s dog Beast.

Word is the happy couple also didn’t tip the night before after eating pizza.

This kind of news could make Italian waiters as depressed as Facebook’s stock.

158 comments Add your comment

savarin

May 29th, 2012
12:36 pm

what???

May 29th, 2012
1:15 pm

maybe the service stunk. a tip is a little somethig extra. before all you servers jump on me, know this- i know about serving, and unless the service is awful i always leave a minimum of 10%. most times, i leave 15, sometimes 20%. but if the service stinks, no tippie! ce la vie!

what???

May 29th, 2012
1:15 pm

what???

May 29th, 2012
1:15 pm

@urethrafranklyn

May 29th, 2012
1:17 pm

If he was dining in the U.S., I would think this was really a punk move. However, unlike American servers whose income is based entirely on tips, European servers are paid an hourly wage and tips are just an extra bonus and are not expected (but appreciated).

Nevertheless, the guy is a fricking billionaire, so no matter where this was, it’s a punk move.

Me

May 29th, 2012
1:17 pm

Really? It’s a story that he didn’t tip at a service-included restaurant??? The service was included…

SAWB

May 29th, 2012
1:18 pm

Doesn’t this guy have a history of unethical behavior? I was under the impression that he stole the idea for his company from someone and then tricked them into signing away the rights. Maybe some Italian cab driver will teach this snot nosed punk some manners.

Bryan

May 29th, 2012
1:18 pm

It is not customary to tip in most European countries. Hence, “service included.”

Uncle Thomas

May 29th, 2012
1:21 pm

Artichokes? Pumpkin flowers? >>gag reflex in working order

Truth

May 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

Exactly Bryan

In some areas in Europe, tipping is considered a display of condescending American excess. Even though you may not intend to convey the message, basically what they think you are saying is “Here you go, I have more money than you and I am giving it to you since you need it.”

Jacob

May 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

Sorry but there’s a big difference between tip and service. I’ve lived there for years and even locals tip. The service included is a service fee, it goes to the restaurant owner to cover the wages of the workers, period. It is not a gratuity. And most intelligent people know the difference.

ummm

May 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

typically you don’t tip in Europe – it is included in the bill.

Jacob

May 29th, 2012
1:25 pm

Again, the tip IS NOT included in the bill. A SERVICE FEE is included, a tip is a tip is a tip.

Rob

May 29th, 2012
1:26 pm

Do you think Europeans are good tippers??? I think not. I used to drive a courtesy car for a hotel in Augusta during the Masters golf tournament and the Europeans were the WORST for tipping or being polite. Just because he is one of the richest people on the planet, does not mean that he should be expected to tip more than anyone else.

Gracie

May 29th, 2012
1:26 pm

How many people in the US would add extra onto a bill if it stated that “gratuity was already included” (which it often does in large parties or particular restaurants)? Why are we commenting on the Zuckerburgs not tipping if the restaurant bill already had “service included”? I don’t expect him to have to pay more for the identical car that I would buy just because he has more money to spend…why would I expect him to pay more for a meal where the tip is already included?

Mishap

May 29th, 2012
1:26 pm

If the waiters want a tip, maybe they should work at a restaurant where the service charge isn’t included. One doesn’t become a billionaire by giving away inordinate amounts of money for something they’ve already paid for.

jc

May 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

his wife is ugly

Browncoat

May 29th, 2012
1:28 pm

In Europe, the “tip” is included in the price of the food. You only tip extra for exceptional service.

Jacob

May 29th, 2012
1:28 pm

Truth…. OVERTIPPING is what you’re talking about. Regular tipping is not understood as being typical Americans being condescending.

Jacob

May 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

Browncoat: tipping is not built in to the price of the food, get real.

Jacob

May 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

Gracie: there’s not a single place in Europe as far as cafe’s or restaurants are concerned where “gratuity included” is stated. Whether its on the bottom of a menu, a bill or a specials board. They don’t use those terms. SERVICE included, yes, but GRATIITY included? Not in a million years. And for some who think the waiters should work at a place where “service is not included on the bill”, well those who say that obviously have never ventured outside of the States or have been to Europe. There’s not a place to eat in all of Europe where “service is not included” exists.

Jacob

May 29th, 2012
1:39 pm

Mishap: the only reason he became a billionaire is that he stole others ideas and work then screwed them out of the company they agreed to form. And then he sold a majority of his share at an overinflated price to unwitting people and btw, he had his people hide the real figures (declining numbers) from the average investor. THATs how he became a billionaire. Typical thieving slug. And a cheapo too.

Heinrick Stein

May 29th, 2012
1:40 pm

I heard he actually DID give the waiter a good tip…”DON’T buy Facebook stock. So he should quit whining.

Jacob

May 29th, 2012
1:47 pm

Heinrick: Good one!!!

Steve Jobs' Ghost

May 29th, 2012
1:50 pm

Zuckerburg didn’t steal anyone’s ideas. He took an idea that was being developed in by a number of different entities, improved the idea and worked his ass off until he beat out the competition. Anyone ever heard of Myspace? Basically that same thing and totally wiped off the face of the Internet by falling behind the curve as facebook continually evolved and improved it’s product. Bravo Zucks, screw those Italians. I believe whining is a national pasttime in Italy.

Kyunmin Cho

May 29th, 2012
1:51 pm

This was the second time Zuck ate “pumpkin flower.” He also ate “pumpkin flower” honeymoon night while consumating the marriage.

Ladeef

May 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

Hey George, seems like this may be “News to You” also: You don’t tip in Europe.

Ronzul

May 29th, 2012
1:59 pm

Tip is included in most places in Europe. After the 2 weeks my wife and I spent in Rome last summer I can honestly say most places service didn’t warrant a tip. We still laugh about paying $14 euros per diet coke at dinner. Of course we’re big ballers & had 2 diet cokes apiece so we spent around $87.00 us on 4 bottles of diet coke at dinner!! No wonder Europe is broke w zero solutions to save itself from going belly up. Sad but true. I didn’t leave a tip on this meal either. Figured the wait staff could work that out that colon cleansing with the owner. What a friken joke….

Jacob's an Idiot

May 29th, 2012
2:00 pm

You don’t tip in Europe. And yes, I’ve spent time in several countries throughout Europe. They don’t even give you change to tip after paying unlike here where all your change is in ones.

Service Charge=Wages=Tips: Semantics

Ronzul

May 29th, 2012
2:02 pm

The Zucker has yellow fever!!?? I love it!! Fresh Fish!!

Erik

May 29th, 2012
2:15 pm

I dislike this guy but I’m going to stick up for him here. The service was included. Is this a tabloid?

Al

May 29th, 2012
2:16 pm

Have many of you even visited Europe before? Tipping isn’t customary there as it is in the US. There’s nothing offensive about what he did. Maybe the expectation that he would leave a tip because he’s a billionaire is the truly offensive part!

Erik

May 29th, 2012
2:20 pm

For the clown Jacob ripping everybody b/c they don’t know how the terms “service” and “tip” are used in Europe…does this mean that we’re supposed to pay the server’s wage (service) AND give them a tip? We don’t do that here.

RK

May 29th, 2012
2:23 pm

This is perfectly acceptable. It’s sad that someone thinks this is news.

Cram

May 29th, 2012
2:24 pm

And the celebrity worshippers in Atlanta ate it all up.

Glenn

May 29th, 2012
2:27 pm

Dude owned him what 5 dollars ? He probably felt weird asking Mario to break a twenty . Not to mention the company is now below 100 billion .

Pam

May 29th, 2012
2:27 pm

I am traveling to Italy next week and all the reading I have done states that tips should not be given to waiters in restaurants.

CJ

May 29th, 2012
2:27 pm

Maybe they forgot?

Harry Doyle

May 29th, 2012
2:28 pm

Mark Zuckerberg should be taking your order at Wendy’s, not rolling around naked in Billion$ in cash.

What clown would invest in a company which primary revenue stream is secretly selling the personal data of its “customers” to the highest bidder?

(or Big Brother?)

Harry Doyle

May 29th, 2012
2:29 pm

“All your good [tipping sense] is going out the end of your [thing], Boy!”

- Paul “Bear” Bryant

Jonathan

May 29th, 2012
2:29 pm

True to his form….look how “happy” his wife looks………what a d__I__C__K!

cp

May 29th, 2012
2:30 pm

Zuckerberg is idiot. he can hand out a hundred bill to everyone he ever meets and it wouldn’t dent his fortune. Additionally, it would be worth a hundy to keep these stories from making you sound like a tool.

Player Hater

May 29th, 2012
2:31 pm

Tipping is beyond out of control in the states, so it’s no wonder this made “headline” news. :-|

JMorr

May 29th, 2012
2:32 pm

What idiot writer submitted this story in the first place? There’s limited tipping in Europe due to people there get appropriate salaries, unlike here in the U.S. They also get paid vacations and cannot be fired at the drop of a hat, FYI. If you want to criticize something, look within our own borders and pick something worth addressing.

urban redneck

May 29th, 2012
2:33 pm

“first” is dumb, and so am I for wasting my time reading this……….

maryum webster

May 29th, 2012
2:35 pm

i’m more concerned with the fact that george used the word “penurious” in this story…..that just leaves us all……well……..abash!

hmmmm.........

May 29th, 2012
2:37 pm

Everyone should wait tables at least once in their life

Patriot

May 29th, 2012
2:38 pm

So, when are we burning him at the stake for not leaving a tip? I’ve got my pitchfork ready.

Patriot

May 29th, 2012
2:41 pm

Wait…am I the only one amused that the title of this pathetic blog is “News to Me”?!?!?! :lol: :lol: :lol: the IRONY!

Happy for Pappy

May 29th, 2012
2:42 pm

Does this mean Zuckerberg might be eligible to have his own show on TBS or BET soon?