A New Jersey waitress was shocked after a table of eight customers reportedly wrote “LOL” on the tip line of their bill.
Jess Jones, 20, was working at D’Jais Bar & Grill on Ocean Avenue when she noticed that one of her tables left her no tip, the Asbury Park Press reported.
The bill came out to a total of $112.03 and instead of offering a generous gratuity, the tip line read “LOL” with “1 hour for food” written next to it.
(Receipt with '"OL 1 hour for food" written on it. Photo Credit: Jess Jones/Facebook)
The Rutgers University student took a photo of the bill and posted it on Facebook on Aug. 18. She wrote:
"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."
Jones added that servers in New Jersey earn about $2.50 an hour. Non-tipped workers in the Garden State earn a minimum wage of $8.38.
"Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make," Jones added in her Facebook post. "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."
The post quickly went viral and even got the attention of Mayor Matt Doherty, who added his own two cents on his 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, according to the Asbury Park Press. "This is ridiculous."