A story that went viral Monday about a banker leaving a $1.33 tip and an insulting remark on a $133 lunch bill has been deemed a hoax.
Supposedly, a wealthy banker who dined at the True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach, Calif., was trying to provoke a waitress – and member of the 99 percent – who didn’t kowtow sufficiently to his desire. So he stuck the server with a paltry 1 percent tip, with “tip” circled.
In addition, he purportedly included the words “GET A REAL JOB.”
The story received wide play on the Internet, including pieces on CNN and Yahoo.
But The Smoking Gun reported that a restaurant spokesperson said that the bill had been digitally altered and offered an actual copy of the Feb. 16 credit card receipt as proof.
That receipt shows an amount of $33.54, not $133.54, with a $7 tip, for a total of $40.54.
The blog that originally reported the insulting gratuity “Future Ex Banker” has apparently shut down.
The Smoking Gun said blog “claimed to be authored by someone who worked in ‘the corporate office of a major bank for a boss who represents everything wrong with the financial industry: blatant disregard and outright contempt for everyone and everything he deems beneath him. On top of that, he’’s a complete and utter tool.’”