The service industry is perhaps one of the toughest ones to work in, mainly because you’re interacting with customers and clients, many of them unreasonable and irate. You wait on them hand and foot and if you’re lucky to be serving a big-hearted client, you’ll be compensated by him or her properly. But if you’re stuck with a stingy one, it can sometimes make you question if everything you do in the name of your job is worth it.
As for the clients, there’s always the good, the bad, and the ugly. You’d think that with the amount of money that celebrities make, they’d actually be generous in sharing their wealth with others. True, there are those who are famously known to be generous like Johnny Depp, who reportedly tips in the thousands. But there are many others who are notoriously known to be cheapskates and fork over squat, even if they can very well afford it. Of course, the circumstances are not completely known, but the fact of the matter is, celebrities’ every move is watched and they are judged to no end for one simple action.
15 Tiger Woods
It’s common knowledge that Tiger Woods is one of the richest athletes in the world, being worth well over $600 million. Even after his very public divorce, in which his ex-wife allegedly walked away with $100 million, Woods was still considered immensely wealthy. But why is he such a cheap tipper? According to Restaurants.com, Woods uses the excuse of not carrying cash with him. But many counter that comment with the fact that it’s so easy to add the tip amount when swiping with his credit card for the bill.
He’s one of the most talented in the music industry, wearing many hats as a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and reality TV show judge. But with all his talent, skills, and amassed wealth, Usher is surprisingly and disappointingly stingy, according to Restaurants.com. The Grammy winner is known to always pass the tab to someone else in the group, avoiding footing it if he can help it. And when he does pay the bill, he leaves a signed autograph on the table rather than a tip.
13 LeBron James
Tiger Woods may hold the top spot as worst athlete tipper in this day and age, but LeBron James isn’t far behind, ranking number 4 in worst tippers, according to Miami New Times. The NBA star, who is one of the highest paid athletes and is worth $375 million, reportedly left a measly $10 tip for a meal that cost $800 when he dined at a steakhouse in Cleveland. If the almost non-tip wasn’t bad enough, he also kept the restaurant open until 4AM.
12 Barbra Streisand
While she’s undisputedly an incredibly talented singer and actress, Barbra Streisand also has a reputation for not being that nice a person. In fact, many who have interacted with her have outright called her a biatch. It’s not really that much of a surprise, considering her behavior, that Restaurants.com has named her one of the worst celebrity tippers. Aside from leaving only a $10 tip for a bill worth $457, she’s also said to be one rude and demanding restaurant patron.
Madonna is an institution in both the music industry and pop culture, having been around for more than four decades, with dozens of Billboard chart toppers. She’s worth approximately $800 million. But she’s not the nicest of people, as many who have met her can attest to. She’s professional, but very demanding and this likely spills over to her personal life. According to Restaurants.com, she and her then husband Guy Ritchie left a mere $18 tip for a $400 meal.
10 Floyd Mayweather
He’s not ashamed to flaunt his wealth, even proudly bearing the nickname “Money,” while he displays his sports cars, flashy gold jewelry, and poses for photos holding wads of bills. But according to The Herald, Floyd Mayweather is pretty tight-fisted when it comes to sharing his money with others. Despite the fact that he earns as much as $32 million per fight, he was said to have not left any tip at all when he and his posse dined at the Hard Rock, and this considering his bill hit a jaw-dropping $23,000.
9 Mariah Carey
She may be one of the wealthiest pop stars in the industry, being worth around $450 million. But Mariah Carey is also the absolute epitome of a diva—and not in a good way. She’s called a diva not just because of her singing prowess but also due to her high sense of self-entitlement. Miami New Times reports that Carey is notorious for being stingy with tips. A New York Post article stated that she and her entourage kept a restaurant open til the wee hours and had the staff slave over their every demand. She didn’t bother to leave a tip.
8 Mark Zuckerberg
The founder of Facebook is worth more than $25 billion and one would think he’d have more than enough cash to spare for the wait staff at a restaurant. But according to the New York Post, Mark Zuckerberg didn’t even bother leaving a tip when he went out to dinner at a restaurant in Rome, Italy while on honeymoon with his wife. It’s possible that he forgot because he was in a rush, but it still leaves a bitter taste to the mouth.
7 Justin Bieber
He started off in the music scene as such a wholesome and cute act, but like many child stars, the fame hampered his chance for a normal childhood and he was swallowed up in a world of money, partying, and intrigue. When Justin Bieber left his adolescent days behind, he started having run-ins with the law, not to mention altercations with fellow celebrities like Orlando Bloom. According to Huffington Post, the singer was banned for life from an indoor skydiving facility because he failed to pay the company for use of the place’s facilities.
6 Owen Wilson
He’s certainly one of the most endearing comedians of our time, constantly having his audience in stiches as he teams up with Ben Stiller or Vince Vaughn or Will Ferrell for some of the most memorable comedies on the big screen. But his personal life has also had a lot of focus, having dated co-celebrities like Sheryl Crow and Kate Hudson. Unfortunately, he’s also known to be cheap, according to Newser. When he was still dating Hudson, he reportedly threw her a lavish birthday shindig at a restaurant, but he ignored the waiter when the check was handed over to him, refusing to pay.
5 Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
They make an adorable couple and the public has followed their relationship since they started out as co-stars and friends in the hit TV show That 70s Show. And after years of keeping things platonic, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis finally got together and are now happily married with an adorable baby girl. But apparently, Hollyscoop reports that the couple is not the most generous of the lot. After Kutcher got his hair cut at a barber shop, Kunis reportedly paid the barber, but didn’t bother leaving him with a tip.
4 Chris Brown
Chris Brown has proven time and time again that he has some anger management issues. He’s teeming with talent, having an amazing singing voice and excellent dance skills, but Brown has had many run-ins with the law as well as cases of domestic violence, the most infamous of which was his leaving then-girlfriend Rihanna battered and bruised when they had an altercation. He was also involved in a scuffle with Drake, but it isn’t only celebrities he gets into fights with. According to Hollyscoop, Brown also got into a brawl with a restaurant valet because he didn’t want to pay the $10 parking fee.
3 Sean Penn
He’s not exactly Mister Nice Guy, being notorious for making harsh comments and exhibiting bad behavior that the media oh so happily eats up and publishes. According to Miami New Times, Sean Penn is also one of the stingiest tippers as far as wealthy celebrities go. When he was in a restaurant in New Orleans, he racked up a $450 bill and had the staff wait on him hand and foot. But in terms of tips, he left nada.
2 Britney Spears
She’s one of the biggest and richest pop stars in the world, having gained fame at such a young age. It was not without its consequences, as Britney Spears has always been hounded by the paparazzi. It’s probably also because of the public’s interest in her every move that she’s widely known to be a really cheap tipper. According to Restaurants.com, Spears has been known to deprive Los Angeles eateries of her wealth. She once left a $10 tip for a $450 tab. Worst of all, she once asked a server to run across the street from the restaurant and grab her some coffee from Starbucks. She not only failed to tip the server, but she even refused to reimburse him for the coffee.
1 Lindsay Lohan
Worse than failing to tip or not sharing your hard-earned cash with others is running off without paying for something, which is tantamount to theft. And given her terrible track record with breaking the law, it’s no surprise that Lindsay Lohan was guilty of failing to pay. According to The Daily Mail, Lohan was banned from the chic Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood after she racked up a bill worth more than $46,000 and walked away without bothering to pay for it.