FOX 5 NY (NEW YORK) - A college student waiting tables for the summer at a restaurant on the Jersey Shore was left with no tip on a $112.03 bill, but was left with a message: 'LOL (laughing out loud) 1 hour for food.' The waitress posted a photo of the receipt and explained what happened on her Facebook page. The photo quickly went viral.
Joss Jones, 20, a student at Rutgers University was working at D'Jais Bar & Grill in Belmar on Aug. 17 when she was left the taunting note, reported The Asbury Park Press.
Jones posted the following to her Facebook page:
"Last night, I was stunned by this receipt that was left for me by a party of eight people," Jones wrote. "I would have preferred a '$0' tip than a 'LOL' tip, but as a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job. Even though they did wait an hour to eat, they remained satisfied with filled drinks and proper notice that the kitchen was a bit busier than normal. I've worked in the service industry for five years and I take pride in providing great service to my customers."
Jones wrote that servers in New Jersey earn $2.50 an hour. For non-tipped workers in the Garden State, the minimum wage is $8.38.
"Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make," she wrote. "I need tips to pay my bills. All waiters do. We spend an hour or more of our time befriending you, making you laugh, getting to know you, and making your dining experience the best it can be. We work hard, and we really do care."
"My experience with this table was cruel and unnecessary but sadly it's not uncommon. With that said: Please be good to your waiters. I know it's annoying when things aren't right. I know how aggravating it is to receive a hefty bill when all night you've been wondering why the table that came in after you was served before you. But waiters are mere messengers most of the time, and it's wrong to shoot them, however bad the news."