Only Tip on $138 Meal: 'Single Mom, Sorry'
Incident, real or not, sparks a firestorm on Reddit
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2012 12:15 PM CDT
Updated Nov 4, 2012 7:00 PM CST
"Single mother, sorry"   (shutterstock)

(Newser) – Here's a tip for bad tippers: Don't make lame excuses. That's a lesson one woman may be learning after allegedly leaving no tip on a $138 bill at a restaurant, and instead writing on the bill, "Sorry, single mom." As if that weren't bad enough, she scrawled, "Thank you it was great" at the bottom, reports the Huffington Post. A photo of the bill first went up on Reddit, and the story has gone viral since.

Commenters have weighed in on the usual pros and cons of tipping, and plenty of them think the bill might be a fake. Another camp thinks that the lack of a tip is real, but that the person who left it isn't a single mom. Whatever the truth, it all "points to a larger issue," writes Mari-Jane Williams at the Washington Post's On Parenting blog. "Increasingly, it seems, single moms are being used as the butt of jokes or, even worse, a scapegoat for societal ills."

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Nov 13, 2012 9:53 PM CST
Old Joke ' Do you know the difference between a Canadian tourist and a canoe? The canoe tips once in a while. Personally I think tipping is the restaurant industries way of paying low wages and trying to get the customer to supliment the waiters salary. Tipping WAS SUPPOSE to be for exception (not poor or average) service. Now people EXPECT a mimimum of 15% and often 20%.
Nov 5, 2012 8:38 AM CST
Old people are the worst tippers by far. Not usual to see a couple quarters as tip on a $15.00 bill.
Nov 5, 2012 7:17 AM CST
Assuming this is real, if you can afford a 138 dollar meal, you can afford a 15% gratuity, approx 21 bucks. If you are so worried about your budget, then perhaps a less pricy meal? Even with leaving no tip, 138 is a lot of money.