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Jul 4, 2009 07:08 AM

Onion Article: 10% Tip Teaches Waitress Valuable Lesson

Customer reduced her tip to communicate his dissatisfaction and raise awareness in areas in which he felt her performance was lacking, calling it a "wake-up call...was just trying to help push Carla along the path to achieving her full potential as an employee."

Waitress who received the 10% tip expressed enthusiastic gratitude for the "immense personal growth" the gesture will offer her.

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    1. re: c oliver

      O'Connor said he first considered reducing his usual 15 percent tip for the waitress when Hyams failed to replace the cream packets for his coffee while he looked over the restaurant's extensive list of lunch specials. But it wasn't until Hyams neglected to ask if he needed extra ketchup that O'Connor made the decision to let his "money do the talking."

      'Connor said his overall goal was not only to receive better service, but to help Hyams become a role model for her two teenage children, Tyler and Michael.


      I don't know if it is fiction or not, but the first thought that popped into my head after finishing reading the crap(article) that it was a puff piece and the author must have paid the waitress to go along with it.

      I mean really.....withholding a portion of a tip due to cream packets and ketchup...role model? What's the moral here.....if you clear the table of every little scrap and replace with fresh packets and know to always offer extra will be a better person......or simply a better waitress? Excuse me, but with reference to the cream packets, what is the server a mind reader? I don't see where the writer remotely asked for more replacement and in fact, he was reading the menu by his own account. Also with reference to the all apearences from the picture provided for the piece the place looks like a typical diner. A bottle of ketchup is not enough for one person?

      Not to denigrate and waitress or my entire life has been associated in the restaurant and food industry and I have tremendous respect for all employees in the business......but I hardly think Ms Hyams wants her kids to limit their possibilities to diner service beyond college years....all parents, I believe want more for their kids.......

      1. re: c oliver

        Yes, it's fiction; that's the brilliant thing about The Onion -- they do satire so well. This was absolutely hilarious!

        1. re: pikawicca

          I've heard of The Onion but never read. I'll remedy that. It was brilliant :)

          1. re: pikawicca

            Ouch.....I feel like I've been made a fool.....

            1. re: fourunder

              Nah. BTW, this is from their annual food issue. Haven't read any articles yet but the headlines are lol-funny.

              1. re: fourunder

                I pick up The Onion whenever I see it at a couple of places I walk by or frequent. It's almost always a good read, particularly when life isn't making sense, things are getting too serious, or just when one needs a good laugh.

                I don't know its history, but I started to see the paper more and more a handful of years ago. With all the unbelievable but true outrageousness that has been status quo in Washington (think of all the material George Dubyah & crew were handing to comedians, satirists) and elsewhere, The Onion's style capitalizes on how often the line between reality and satire is often a big blur. The Onion's writers are pros at straight-faced satire. If you don't read the articles within the context of The Onion (as is the case with this post's article), it is so easy to be convinced - at least initially - that it's for real. Take a look at the current headline of "The Onion." I think to most, it's satire, but to a true Chowhound, it's a reality that we live any time we go on a road trip - maybe not for Wendy's (or sometimes even this can be true, given the other choices :))


                Think about it - we avidly seek out better food choices prior to hitting the road. It's a built-in given for us. We seek out recs on other boards, scrutinize them, print them out, map them out, etc. What "normal" person would do this? Viva le Chowhound!

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  Started by students at the University of Wisconsin in the 1990's.

          2. ""It's days like this that I thank God I get paid less than minimum wage and can rely on a built-in economic incentive to keep me motivated during those 16-hour double shifts.""

            Funny stuff!

              1. Very funny.
                (If some of you have never heard of the Onion, you should check it out.)

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                1. re: NYCkaren

                  What really caps it for me are the photos. Just priceless.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    OMG - too funny. I liked the parting comment "Next - how to save money by writing your own books!".

                    I love this site!

                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                      I also love the fact that ONN now has Bobbie Batista as an anchor for quite a few of the news stories! Don't know how many of you remember her, but if you watched CNN and CNN-HLN in the 80's and 90's, you couldn't miss her! I read a few months ago that she decided to do these Onion spots knowing people might think she's really desperate for a job, but she's just doing it for fun as a satire of modern-day dumbed-down cable news - she left CNN in 2002 and went into academia at Emory.