A Philadelphia restaurant is not happy with Philadelphia Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy. Last night, PYT a popular burger resturant in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, began circulating an image of a $61.59 receipt bearing McCoy’s name; the tip line reading just 20 cents, bringing the bill’s grand total to $61.76. The comment along with the image, which was originally posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page stated: “The twenty cent tip that the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy just left our server on his $60 check is going to come in really handy for that new official NFL McCoy jersey he had his heart set on. That is a .03% tip. New record!” Server Rob Knelly, who waited on LeSean and his friends, said that the group was loud and rude and that he was not surprised by the miniscule tip. “I saw it coming. They were extremely rude. I kept my cool for as along as I could, where you just don’t want them yelling and cursing you,” said Knelly, who also noted that the group did not seem to be happy with their food.
Internet users everywhere immediately took to their keyboard, many disagreeing with the PYT’s choice to post the picture and other’s noting that PYT, which only has three stars on popular review website, Yelp, has often been giving poor ratings for their service. However, others felt that because McCoy makes millions of dollars a year, he should have left a larger tip regardless of the level of service. Although PYT insists that the receipt is authentic, there are still many people who believe that the receipt is a fake and that it has been edited or enhanced. In the wake of the image’s post several other servers who have waited on McCoy have said that he has always tipped fairly and much of the negative attention has shifted back on PYT.
This is the second time in less than two months that an NFL player has been under fire after leaving an underwhelming tip. In July, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees was thrust into the spotlight off the field when an image of his receipt from a California restaurant was leaked. Brees, who left a $3 tip on a nearly $75 bill, was criticized for what many believed was poor etiquette. However, Brees, coming to his own defense, stated that the tip was for a takeout order and had he actually dined in the restaurant he would have left a %20 tip. The restaurant later issued an apology.
While PYT seems to be standing by their allegations and doesn’t look like they’ll be issuing any apologies, McCoy, who has not elaborated on the incident, may have a perfectly logical explanation for his ungrateful gratuity.
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