Did Rachael Ray spread the gospel of bad tipping?
When celebrities hit restaurants, they’re marked diners. Servers and other customers will inevitably report on a famous person’s dinner out, which is why plenty of celebs know that leaving a big tip can turn into good P.R. Unfortunately, some celebs just haven’t gotten the hint. (Even Grub Street, during our table-waiting days, once got stiffed by a Hollywood hot shot.) So we’ve put together this list of stories about stingy celebs. Think of this as part fun, part public service. When these boldfaced names walk into your restaurants, you’d be better off letting someone else handle the table.
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In 2009, the pop tart was accused of eating at Outback Steakhouse in Burbank with her sister. After consuming $70 worth of food, she reportedly bailed
without leaving a dime. We’ll blame the salvia.
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People have long accused the TV star of being a bad tipper, as well as spreading the gospel of low gratuity on her show $40 a Day, on which she advised that 7 percent is sufficient, leading to heaps of scorn from couch potatoes
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The Hung actress was accused in 2009 of ditching her tab at Barney Greengrass, as reported via Twitter
by a soon-to-be-fired waiter. Adding insult to injury, she had her agent go back the next day to pay the bill, sans gratuity.
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The pro was called out by “Page Six” in 2009
for exploits of a different sort in Vegas. Apparently, Woods would whoop it up with a girlfriend and while he would at least take care of the bill, she’d be stuck for hundreds of dollars worth of tips to make up for his not-so-gratuitous attitude.
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In 2008, a server snitched on the actress
after she made repeated visits to an unnamed West Hollywood restaurant. After getting her meal on the house from a manager, Dunst supposedly left without plunking down a red cent for the waitstaff.
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Even before he left Cleveland, the baller was losing friends in his home state after making a trip to XO Prime Steaks in 2008 and making a waiter quit over a ten-dollar tip
on an $800 tab.
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In 2007, former New York bartender-turned-author Katherine Taylor spilled secrets about Madge
and other celebrities leaving no tip at her workplace. What happened to being a material girl?
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In a case of tag-team bad tipping, the two celebrity wives were railed at in 2007
after leaving Asia de Cuba in L.A. without plunking down a tip on their bill. When the waitress tried to confront them, Beckham’s security team intervened.
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A server dropped a dime on Duff
in 2007 when she was kind enough to pay for her drinks and boyfriend’s meal, only to reward the servers with a relatively measly 10 percent tip.
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The rapper and Pimp My Ride host was apparently wearing a $500,000 rock-encrusted watch on the day in 2007 when he hit Arnie Morton’s in L.A. and left a measly $100 on a $1,700 tab
. He later confronted the restaurant and insisted it was a result of bad service.
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Probably the douchiest tale of tipping gone bad, the Entourage star was told to stay out of Nobu’s house
when, after hitting the Aspen location without reservations alongside twelve friends in 2007, his “tip” was an Entourage DVD set.
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