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Banker's Remorse: The 1% Tipper Was a Hoax

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Well, it was fun while it lasted, but apparently the notorious "1% tipper" was all made up.

The Orange County Register reports that a photo of a receipt showing a $1.33 tip on a $133.54 bill, and a note to the server to "get a real job," was manipulated.

The receipt was allegedly from a bill at True Food Kitchen, a restaurant in Newport Beach, and the photo was posted on a blog called "Future Ex-Banker." The blogger Future Ex-Banker explained that he or she was writing online as a way to vent frustration with the banking industry in which he or she was allegedly employed:

I work in the corporate office of a major bank for a boss who represents everything wrong with the financial industry: blatant disregard and outright contempt for everyone and everything he deems beneath him. On top of that, he’s a complete and utter tool. At the same time, I’m still cashing paychecks, an admittedly willing—albeit reluctant—cog in the wheel of this increasingly ugly industry, so I’ve created this blog as a confessional of sorts. It won’t entirely clear my conscience, but hopefully it’ll help. I’m sure I’ll get fired eventually. Until then, enjoy.
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In posting the picture of the receipt, Future Ex-Banker wrote:

Mention the “99%” in my boss’ presence and feel his wrath. So proudly does he wear his 1% badge of honor that he tips exactly 1% every time he feels the server doesn’t sufficiently bow down to his Holiness. Oh, and he always makes sure to include a “tip” of his own.

But after doing some research into the incident and locating the restaurant's copy of the receipt, Jami Reagan, a representative from True Food Kitchen, told the Register that, “True Food Kitchen was able to determine a number of things were altered in comparison to the merchant copy. The total bill was $33.54 and the tip was more than $7. The handwritten note was not authentic either."

It's not clear who tweaked the receipt or why, and Future Ex-Banker's blog and Twitter have both been taken down. What is clear, though, is that making up stories in the name of the 99% is not helping anyone's cause.