updated - May 31, 2020 Sunday EDT
20-year-old Rutgers University student, Jess Jones, is a waitress at D’Jais Bar & Grill, saving up money to help put herself through school, according to Asbury Park N.J. Press.
Jones recently served a party of eight, only to find a receipt at the end of their meal with an “LOL,” in the tip line, instead of an actual tip, along with the note “1 hour for food,” according to New Jersey 101.5.
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Servers in New Jersey reportedly earn $2.50 an hour while non-tipped workers receive a minimum wage of $8.38. Knowing this, writing an taunting note instead of giving an actual tip goes beyond rude.
"Last night, I was stunned by this receipt that was left for me by a party of eight people. 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,” wrote Jones.
"Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make.”
"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."
The Facebook post reportedly even caught the attention of Mayor Matt Doherty.
“If you visit Belmar please treat the hardworking men and women in our service industry with the same respect you would expect at your job. This is ridiculous," Doherty wrote.
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