By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 10, 2014
Former NBA star Charles Barkley was on Conan recently. The topic of him being a good tipper came up, but Conan was also interested in who are the worst tippers Barkley knows personally. The TNT basketball commentator was quick to throw legend Michael Jordan under the bus. Along with Jordan, who are 10 athletes who are terrible tippers?
LeBron James is one of the most talented basketball players to ever live. Unfortunately, that talent didn’t spill over to the tipping world. A waitress claimed that James left her 10 dollars on an 800-dollar bill. This came after James made the wait staff keep the place open after closing hours. I would love to know the reaction of the bartender when James slipped her the crisp 10-dollar bill.
Allen Iverson is notorious for being a bad tipper. One story took place in Philadelphia where Iverson had his bachelor party. Iverson’s mother paid for the first bill, which consisted of 25 people. After she left, Iverson and his crew began another tab. Instead of paying the 200-dollar bill like a gentleman, A.I. toss two 100-dollar bills at the manager’s feet and walked out. Of course, he never left a tip for the hard-working wait staff.
According to a waiter at a restaurant in Tampa Bay, former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks got his meal comped. The reason being was because the manager was grateful for Brooks coming into his restaurant. Not to mention, the Buccaneers had just won the Super Bowl. Instead of thanking the manager, Brooks apparently rolled his eyes and left without leaving a tip.
Derrick Coleman entered a restaurant with five other guests. The six of them rang up a 700-dollar bill loaded with champagne and an incredible amount of food. Instead of taking care of the two waitresses who worked hard that night, the former basketball star left a 20-dollar tip total. That means each girl walked away with 10 dollars.
Former defensive tackle John Randle once ordered a round of drinks that came out to approximately 30 dollars. The bartender at the music venue in Minneapolis said that Randle left him a twenty-seven cent tip and some pocket lint for good measure.
Marcellus Wiley is another athlete who ran an order that cost more than 700 dollars and only left 20 dollars for a tip. Maybe Wiley knew the Dallas Cowboys were going to release him the following season, which is why he needed to keep a close eye on his cash. Of course, that doesn’t explain the 700-dollar meal. It just shows that he’s cheap.
A server who works at a restaurant in Ohio talked about how former boxer Buster Douglas would consistently come into his restaurant with a group of around nine people. After the steaks, baby back ribs and drinks, the bill would be over 200 dollars. The servers never expected much as far as a tip because Douglas never left more than 10 dollars.
Scottie Pippen, also known as No Tippin’ Pippen, is one of the more well-known bad tippers around. There are countless stories of him stiffing wait staff at restaurants and bars. One in particular occurred right after Pippen signed a multi-year contract. Pippen opened up a large tab and made the server work extra hard. When it came time to pay the bill, Pippen refused to leave a tip. The reason was because he simply doesn’t do it.
Tiger Woods doesn’t tip because he never carries cash. There are stories of him making the girls he’s out with take care of the tip. Also, he once took back a 5-dollar tip at a blackjack table after he realized that he had already tipped the deal earlier in the evening. He was playing 10,000 dollars a hand.
Jordan will skip out on tipping every chance he gets. Like most of the athletes on this list, Jordan came from nothing, which is why he doesn’t like to hand out his money. However, it’s all about taking care of those who take care of you. Even when Jordan gets comped in Las Vegas, he still refuses to spare a few bucks. He’s been known to leave restaurants in Chicago without tipping the wait staff, and that was on bills of excess of 1,000 dollars.
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