Tommy Up, owner of restaurant PYT in Philadelphia took to Facebook to explain why he is tip shaming LeSean McCoy a running back for the Eagles. Up posted a letter to his page after receiving backlash for a receipt he shared showing the player left at $.20 tip on a $61.56 bill.
Up explained that it was his decision to post the receipt of the bill not his employee’s. He went on to say he’s sorry but not sorry.
“I decided to take action after some serious thought. And while I’d like to apologize to Mr. McCoy I cannot in good conscience do so. I stand by my actions one hundred percent.” [Source]
Up said that when McCoy came into the restaurant with his three friends he was seated at a table next to himself and his management. He claims that McCoy was rude to his server and made disparaging remarks about women.
The server, who was excited to serve the football player, was a little nervous but happy to do it. The owner says that when McCoy left his server looked down at the check with an odd expression. That is when Up found out what McCoy had done.
“Mr. McCoy had left a .03% tip for our staff. Our staff was beyond excited to see him walk into our burger joint and was excited to serve him. That’s twenty cents on a tab of over $60. Twenty cents that our server has to split with the food runner and the bartender. Two dimes from an insulting multimillionaire.” [Source]
McCoy claims his service was bad because that just doesn’t make sense. Why would a restaurant owner in the team’s hometown put his business on the line to protect a crappy employee? Football fans are some of the most passionate (sometimes crazy) fans. Why would he want to face their wrath?
Food service employees, especially servers, have one of the most underappreciated jobs. They are underpaid, overworked and overlooked in many cases.
In Pennsylvania a tip earner is paid a minimum wage of $2.83 an hour. They survive off of what they make in tips. So it’s completely deplorable that McCoy left twenty cents.
It’s easier to say it was bad service than,”I’m a selfish, insulting prick who doesn’t appreciate the people who make my life easier.”
Remember when you go out to a restaurant, your servers, busboys, bartenders etc. are doing a job that makes your life more enjoyable. They deserve to be fairly compensated for their hard work.
That means you pay them twenty percent NOT McCoy’s selfish .3 percent.
Correction: The original text, based on the original source, had McCoy’s tip pegged at .03%. The actual percentage is .3%.The text has been changed to reflect the vastly (not at all) improved tip amount.