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Big Time Banker Leaves 1% Tip for Waitress & "Tip" She Should "GET A REAL JOB" [UPDATED]

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In the food service industry, bad tippers sometimes live on in infamy. Entire books have been written about the plight of the waitstaff working stiff who gets left pennies that don't come near the standard 15-20%. One diner at a Newport Beach restaurant, however, used a recent $133.54 tab to express his disdain for his server's line of work by leaving a 1% tip and a note: "GET A REAL JOB."

According to the anonymous blogger of a just-launched site called Future Ex-Banker ("I’m sure I’ll get fired eventually. Until then, enjoy," reads the site's tagline and concludes the "why am I doing this?" section), his boss at a very large corporate bank hates hearing about the "99%" represented by the Occupy movement and shows his hatred by tipping a measly 1%.

To illustrate this, Future Ex-Banker has posted a photo of a recent receipt from True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach showing his boss' meager tip and "advice" for a server named Breanna. The blogger writes:

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.
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A hostess who picked up the phone at True Food Kitchen said she had heard about the receipt, but she wouldn't say whether it was real or whether the workers remembered a customer like this.

"I am aware, but we have no statement on the issue," she said. "I'm not sure if it's a fake or not."

She did, however, confirm that the restaurant employs a waitress named Breanna, who is listed on the receipt.

UPDATE 2/25: We have a new post with True Food Kitchen corporate headquarters' response to the issue.

UPDATE 4:29 PM: Is Ex-Banker more like it? Looks like the Future Ex-Banker site has been taken down. The Twitter account, and its sole Tweet--the photo of the receipt--is still up...for now.

LAist Associate Editor Emma Gallegos contributed to this story