A waitress in New Jersey was shocked to receive a check with “LOL” written in the tip line.
Jess Jones was working at D’Jais Bar & Grill in Belmar, New Jersey, when she noticed one of her tables didn’t leave a tip.
The table of eight opted to forgo leaving the 20-year-old a tip on a $112.03 bill, instead writing "LOL" and "1 hour for food" in the tip line.
According to Jones, servers in New Jersey earn about $2.50 an hour. Non-tipped workers in the Garden State earn a minimum wage of $8.38.
The Rutgers University student took a photo of the bill and posted it on Facebook, with the post quickly goig viral, Asbury Park Press reports.
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
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 post continued: "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."
The post garnered the attention of Mayor Matt Doherty. Doherty shared her story to his own public Facebook page.
"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," Dohery wrote, Asbury Park Press reported. "This is ridiculous."