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Hey, big spender

June 25, 2009 - John Mehno

Heard on TV that actor Johnny Depp and his party piled up a $4,000 tab at a Chicago steakhouse, so he decided to leave a $4,000 tip. Good for him, even better for the waiter. Nice to see someone who's making crazy money spread the wealth.

Compare that with the story of a former Pirate player who came back to town with another team. He was still carrying a $100 restaurant certificate that he'd  been given for being a guest on the pre-game radio show. The player had a friend call the restaurant to make sure they'd stay open in case the game ran late. They agreed to keep a cook and server on duty and wait for him.

The player and his friend showed up and ordered their meal. Then he presented the certificate, which had expired. He didn't see a problem with that. The staff called the owner at home, and he gave the OK to accept it. The tab was about $80, so the player told the server the last $20 were the tip. Except it doesn't work that way. There's no change from a complimentary certificate like that. You either spend up to the value, or you forfeit the balance.

So the people stayed late and got stiffed by a guy who not only had a multi-million contract, but also got a per diem of more than $75 (at that time, it;'s now over $90) for every day on the road.

Makes you appreciate Johnny Depp's tip even more.

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