Warren Sapp stiffs waitress for 'horrible' service; waitress responds
By John Breech | CBSSports.com
Did you watch the World Cup at a bar on Tuesday? Did you tip your waitress afterward?
of Famer Warren Sapp did one of those things but not the other after
watching the United States play Belgium at a bar in Florida. Sapp racked
up a $69.39 bill during the match and left a zero dollar tip.
Sapp took a lot of heat for the no-tip after a picture of the bill made its way onto Twitter.
So why didn't Sapp leave a tip for the waitress? He explained himself on Wednesday.
for Sapp, the waitress seems to disagree with his side of the story.
The 26-year-old female, only identified as Corey, joined WINZ-AM in Miami on Wednesday to explain what happened.
Lets start with the "boys don't tip" part, since Sapp wrote it in giant letters across the check.
The waitress' explanation?
were busy. I walked over to his table. It was him and one other guy and
I said, 'Hey boys, what I can I get you to drink?' And he was like
'We're not boys. I'm a man,'" the waitress said. "I mean, saying 'Hey
men, what do you want to drink?' sounds kind of weird, I think. I go
with 'boys' a lot. It sounds more youthful."
As for Sapp tweeting
that he "left" because the server was horrible, the waitress disputes
that too, saying that the former NFL defensive lineman stayed at the
restaurant until well after the match.
"He got there around 3:20
p.m... And he left probably an hour after [the match] and his service
wasn't terrible," the waitress said, adding that Sapp "never
Corey claims she had no idea that the term "boys"
could be construed as offensive. "I didn't know 'boys' was offensive,"
she said. "It'd just be [like] if I went up to a table of girls, I'd say
'hey girls' -- or 'hey ladies.'"
At this point, the waitress
doesn't think she'll lose her job. "I was a little concerned, but my
bosses are very nice and very kind people, so I knew they'd at least
hear my side of the story," Corey said.
A manager at Upper Deck
Sports Bar and Grille told WINZ that he's going to investigate. "I'm
going to go through the surveillance tapes to see if the service was in
You might be wondering why a waitress would post a
picture of a bad tip on Twitter -- she didn't. Apparently, when Corey
serves celebrities at her restaurant, she'll send a text to her sister
in New Jersey.
"I never posted anything, I just sent the picture to my sister," Corey said.
sister then did what sisters do and posted the picture on Facebook.
Eventually, the picture ended up in a Darren Rovell tweet, and that's
how things go viral, ladies and gentleman.
So is Sapp a good tipper who got bad service or is he a lousy tipper who got outed by a waitress' sister? You decide.
Oh, and one more thing: Corey once served Dan Marino. Unfortunately for us though, that story didn't go viral.
"I served Dan Marino once and he was the nicest person ever. He talked to me about Ace Ventura."
this may be the case when the workers are already receiving fair wages. but when they are not, the lines can become blurred...
Here is where the difference between a service charge and a gratuity becomes critical. Gratuities paid to employees are exempt from GCT but service charges are not. If service charges were exempt from GCT, the owner of the restaurant, club or bar could reduce the prices of the meals and drinks and increase the service charge as a way of reducing the taxable portion of the bill.
hmmmm...this is interesting. so are you saying that gratuities that workers receive there, they do not have to pay taxes on? if so that is not the case here. workers here are taxed on their base pay as well as tips (discretionary or not)
thats why i kept emphasising that Im talking about here. Some werent tryna see that though.
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