Belmar, New Jersey waitress Jess Jones has the mayor on her side after a photo of a receipt she posted went viral because the patrons left “LOL” written in the tip section.
“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. This is ridiculous,” Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty wrote on Facebook.
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A party of eight accumulated a $112 bill at D’Jais Bar & Grill but chose not to leave Jones a tip because they waited an hour for their food.
Jones shared the rude message they left her in a post on Facebook along with a word of advice to people who dine out.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
She went on to say that she has worked in the dining industry for five years and prides herself on providing excellent service to customers. She said that waiters spend a lot of their time and efforts trying to ensure people have a positive dining experience.
She ended her post with a plea for people to treat their waiters with respect when eating out. “My experience with this table was cruel and unnecessary but sadly it's not uncommon. With that said: Please be good to your waiters.”