Oh my. Cat Deeley was definitely not a happy customer when she dined at the trendy TOMGEORGE restaurant in Los Angeles over the weekend. As People reported, the Emmy-nominated So You Think You Can Dance host recently went on an hours-long Twitter rant about the restaurant, starting off by calling it "The worst featuring! Worst food!" and labelling the manager: "Moron!!!!!"
She quickly followed up by posting a photo of the restaurant, declaring it "the most disgusting restaurant" and advising followers to "avoid at all costs."
The issue? Cat initially said the food was "terrible" and the manager was "unhelpful and rude." She later clarified, "Our order arrived at the table incorrectly FIVE times! Then one of my guests dishes was inedible. There was zero service."
Fans chimed in on Twitter with questions and recommendations for other restaurants Cat should visit instead. (The Twitterverse is so helpful, isn't it?)
But then things took a turn. Her TOMGEORGE waiter fired back on Twitter, posting a photo showing that Cat left zero tip, even though a large portion of her $200 bill was comped. He posted, "Cat, as your server at TomGeorge I am hurt by your response to free food. I gave you respect, and I served you with love."
Cat seemed to acknowledge that her server wasn't at fault, posting, "And as I respectfully told you, the catalogue of errors were not your fault. However the mistakes were repeatedly not correctly rectified."
So if the waiter wasn't responsible for her horrible meal, why did she stiff him on the tip? It's common knowledge that restaurant servers are paid much less than minimum wage and depend on tips to make up their salary. So withholding a tip is a pretty big no-no.
The Twitterverse heated up with a huge debate—was it ok that Cat denied a tip, or should she have paid up? The majority seemed to side with the server.
Cat did have some supporters, however.
So where do you side on this one? It seems to us like another case of an entitled celeb behaving badly; but when it comes down to it, we're siding firmly with those who think tipping should go away entirely. Hillary, Tom, and Danny, we're with you.
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