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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
Only Tip on $138 Meal: 'Single Mom, Sorry'
"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.

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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." (Read more mothers stories.)

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