Never Ever Leave Nasty Notes On Your Bar Receipts – PART II

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Another week, another jackass with a pen, a credit card receipt and a whole lot of ignorance.

It’s a strange world. For some reason, when writing something offensive, be it attempting to spray-paint swastikas or carving a message into a bathroom wall, most vulgarians try to remain anonymous. There is one transmission medium where the writer is blatantly identifiable and it seems to be the preferred choice for those looking to be victim of a virtual lynch mob; The Credit Card Receipt.



Twenty-five years ago, you’d have to finish your prank or perverted phone call with an announcement of your name, address and phone number to bring as much identification as one does when writing some nasty message to a waitress or bartender on a credit card slip, which bears the customer’s name, signature and the last 4 digits of their card number.

John-Elledge

Last week, it was a “gentleman” in Charleston, South Carolina who left a lengthy explanation of why he wasn’t leaving a tip after getting cut off by a bartender. This week, it’s a couple at Jess’ Lunch in Harrisonburg, Va. who utilized a bit more brevity when they wrote “We only tip citizens“.

The comment would have been offensive if their waitress, Sadie Elledge, was’t a US citizen. In light of the fact that she is a citizen, born and raised in the United States, the comment is hopelessly ignorant.

The problem with this kind of situation for which there’s a way out for Ada M. Doriot. It’s hard enough to walk back a $0 tip without a long justification on Yelp. The only way out of a $0 tip with a xenophobic note is probably an honor killing on the part of the Doriot family. Given the likely proximity of the fallen apple to the tree, this is an improbable resolution.

If everyone could get with the 21st century, that would be great…

We don’t get it. The credit card slip insult is, much like shoplifting, something that belongs in an age that pre-dates social media. It just screams “I hate you. Please ostracize me from your polite society.”

Sadie’s grandfather, John Elledge, was more than happy to oblige. He immediately posting a photo of the receipt on Facebook, which prompted the couple to return to complain about the bad publicity they were getting, something akin to griping about gravity once you’ve dropped your favorite vase. Some things are just inevitable.

There is always the question whether we’re better off with people being overtly offensive, as in this case, so they can be identified…or whether we’d be better if such attitudes were forced underground, where you might not be sure who harbors them, but you don’t see it on a daily basis.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Receipt Correspondent


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