BELMAR – Not only was she stiffed on the tip, but a Belmar waitress says the diner decided to leave a mocking, Millenial-esque message as well.
Rutgers student Jess Jones, 20, is waiting tables at D' Jais Bar & Grill to help pay for school. During a shift on Aug. 17 Jones took a table of eight at the restaurant and night club -- but when the party left, she noticed someone had written "LOL" (laughing out loud) in the tip line of the $112.03 bill with the message "1 hour for food" scrawled in the margin, according to the Asbury Park Press.
She gave the paper permission to publish her photo of the tip along with her Facebook post:
"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."
In New Jersey, tipped restaurant workers can make as little as $2.13 an hour -- Jones says she is paid $2.50 an hour -- and rely heavily on gratuity. After going viral on Facebook, the mayor of Belmar had a message of his own for visitors.
"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," Doherty wrote.
"With that said: Please be good to your waiters," Jones wrote. "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."