Have you heard about Oprah Winfrey’s dust up with restaurant servers?
Breezing through my Facebook feed today I noticed that two of my server friends joined the group, “1 million servers strong against Oprah’s comments.”
Apparently, a couple months ago Oprah told her viewers they can tip their waiters just 10 percent, due to the lousy economy. Right now the Facebook group has 52,000 members. Here’s what one server in the group had to say about the incident:
I am a mother of two young girls whose husband has been out of work since January! Since Oprah opened her big fat mouth the money at my work has been horrible! How dare her tell people such a thing! I hope she is happy that my girls won't have the Christmas they deserve thanks to her stupid comments and all the stupid PEONS that listen to her!!!!
How dramatic—too bad it’s not true. Oprah never made this claim. There’s a second Facebook group, “! million servers who weren’t foolish enough to fall for the Oprah rumor,” (the “!” is not a typo), trying to set the record straight. It has 29 members.
The truth is so boring.
Really, you should rarely tip below 20 percent.