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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Shades of Sharkansky?

posted by on November 8 at 10:30 AM

Remember the whole Sharkansky vs. his waitress controversy?

Well, here’s another reminder to public and semi-public figures that your bad tips (or allegations that you’re a bad tipper) are only a click away.

A waitress in Iowa whom Hillary Clinton met at a restaurant, and then referred to in a campaign speech, complained to NPR that Clinton didn’t leave a tip.

“I don’t think she understood at all what I was saying,” Esterday said, adding, “I mean, nobody got left a tip that day …”

But, a reminder to finger-pointing waitresses: A refutation might also be only a click away. Turns out Clinton did leave a tip, and a big one. Via Ben Smith:

Clinton spokesman Phil Singer says, “The campaign spent $157 and left a $100 tip at the Maid-Rite Restaurant.” Sounds like Esterday and her employers may need to work something out. [First Read confirms Singer’s version. And ABC fingers a culprit: her manager! Another blow struck for working people…]

ALSO: FLASHBACK (sort of) to a very thinly sourced Washington Times story from 2000: “Cheap Hillary stiffs a single mom.” Somehow, it’s a very appealing storyline…

Might this be a moment when Sharkansky feels a pang of sympathy for the Democratic front-runner?

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This is why it's best to give the money to the serving staff, and not the owner.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 8, 2007 10:37 AM

"Somehow, it’s a very appealing storyline…"

Eli, you made it look like that line was a quote, but it was really YOUR own comment.

Cause nothing's more fun than printing proven lies, eh?

Posted by Big Sven | November 8, 2007 10:40 AM

What? Big Sven @ 2, click through on the Ben Smith link. You'll see those are his words, not mine.

Posted by Eli Sanders | November 8, 2007 10:47 AM

I heard the NPR story this morning. The waitress's boss at her second job(at a nursing home) fired her because the local paper ran a photo of her with Hillary.(he's a Repugnican).
Can both of these assholes be declared the worst boss of the year?

Posted by anna | November 8, 2007 11:26 AM

@1 - Yes, always tip the server directly.

And, if I pay the bill with a credit card, I still try to tip in cash directly to the server. I always get the feeling that restaurant owners will somehow screw their employees on tip payouts if I keep it on the card.

A cash tip also gives the server a better opportunity to not declare it on their taxes, not that I would ever advocate breaking the law like that.

Posted by Mahtli69 | November 8, 2007 12:02 PM

Exactly. Sometimes, when they give really good service, I like to tip on the credit card AND tip in cash (hint, it's not my job to do your taxes ... which go to stupid wars in Iraq and feeding Red Bushie comrades spawn).

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 8, 2007 12:17 PM

Eli- sorry. I'm the asshole today (and many other days as well.)

Posted by Big Sven | November 8, 2007 2:26 PM


Not as big an asshole as Sharkansky!

Posted by Tlazolteotl | November 8, 2007 2:37 PM

No, Sharkansky would not have any pangs of sympathy. He has no shame. The irony wouldn't even register with him.

Posted by ratcityreprobate | November 8, 2007 3:40 PM

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