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The Tip From Hell

I was at the local Monaco Pictures watching a movie. Afterwards, I asked my lady friend if she would like to get a drink at their bar.

“Sure.” she said.

We proceeded to have a few drinks and some rather bland quesadillas.

As closing time approached for the bar, the waitress handed us our bill.

My lady friend covered her eyes, “Don’t worry, I won’t look at the total.”

“It’s okay.” I smiled. “I actually want you to help me decide on a tip amount.”

She grabbed the receipt from my hand and suggested an amount.

“Too low…” I replied.

She sighed, and I explained, “My roommate’s a waiter. He’ll never let me hear the end of it.”

“Why don’t you make it an even $45?” she suggested.

I did the math in my head and covered my mouth trying to contain my shock and laughter.

After we got up to leave the restaurant, I approached our waitress, “Try not to take your tip too personal. It just worked out that way.”

The waitress smiled as we both walked out of the theater.

The amount? A solid and crisp $6.66.

$6.66 tip amount

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

18 thoughts on “The Tip From Hell”

  1. I would like to agree with Andrew, but then it’s more like Catch-22: it’s impossible to get everyone stop tipping, so the servers will be continually underpaid, plus mad at those who don’t tip.

    I’d like to know where/when did the tipping tradition start? Why nobody would consider tipping a web designer, for instance, for the work well done? 😉

  2. Paintball Guns: While that is true statistically, many people would notice the amount and modify their tip, so that amount is probably tipped less frequently because of human intervention.

  3. being a bar tender/waiter myself. thank you for tipping. but as for the “666” issue. i never read to much into it. I have been a “victim” of the same thing. well i wouldnt really call it victim but you get my drift. it may be the mark of the beast but its simply numbers to me.

  4. That’s too funny – why not change it 1 cent? I guess anything to please the lady friend…reminds me of China’s interest rate cut a few months ago – yep, 6.66%

  5. I suppose that if the tip were some other random number, we would never think twice. But when the tip is 666, it’s noticed. One strange aspect of statistics is that although numbers may occur the same amount of time, certain numbers get noticed by humans more often.

  6. it doesnt matter … but i guess im not superstitious … i ate at a buddies pizza place the other day and hew as talking about the same thing with the change due and well i didnt want to offend him so i kept my mouth shut but it was kind of weird he doesnt seem like a religious person.

  7. I was very uncomfortable tipping when I was younger. Up to about the age of 18, someone usually paid for me – parents/relatives, etc. – so when I finally went to college I was always unsure what to tip the waiters. It wasn’t until maybe the age of 20 that I got comfortable with it, and ended up teaching two girlfriends who were also uncomfortable how to tip properly.

    The easy way to do it is take 10% and then multiply by two (for a 20% tip), and then to round down to the neatest number available. Also, for meals I usually give a minimum of $5.

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