Politician stiffs Hooters waitress

Regardless of how you feel about the intelligence and decision-making skills of politicians, bad judgment comes in all forms. In the case of State Representative Mary Littleton of Tennessee, she mistakenly thought it was a good idea to stiff her Hooters waitress. 

On a $36 dinner, which she shared with another state lawmaker, Littleton failed to make use of her $204 spending allowance courtesy of taxpayers. Instead of writing a tip amount on the receipt, she scrawled the word “Sorry.”

Tennessee State Representative Mary Littleton stiffed her waitress on a tip while visiting Hooter's recently.

Not surprisingly, the untipped waitress, Amanda Anderson, took to social media to out State Rep. Littleton for her bad behavior. Posting a picture of the receipt to Facebook, Amanda wrote, “State representatives are supposed to exhibit class and integrity … this one acted like a child.”

TN State Representative Mary Littleton

TN State Representative Mary Littleton

The incident has since escaped the borders of Tennessee to become national fodder for our current politically-charged climate. Littleton’s false tip line apology has come under fire for representing Republican greed at a time when income equality is a major topic of conversation on the campaign trail.

When asked by Nashville Scene, a local Tennessee new outlet, about why she didn’t leave a tip, Littleton offered this explanation via email:

Everyone has had a bad experience with service at some point when dining out at a restaurant. It is unfortunate that my private note to the server regarding the quality of service in this instance was made public. Due to the overall experience that evening, I decided not to provide a tip. In hindsight, rather than writing a note on the receipt, I should have asked for the manager so that I could register my concerns with the quality and promptness of service. As the mother of someone who has been a server, I know that servers have difficult and demanding jobs and, as such, it is has always been especially important to me that I make sure to tip generously when I receive good service.

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Take this statement for exactly what it is; a calculated response from a politician whose thoughtlessness has put her in some hot water. It is designed to pull the attention away from herself and place the blame solely on her waitress, Ms. Anderson. I don’t buy it. 

“Sorry” is not the word you would write on the tip line if you were unhappy with your service. It’s more apt for a situation in which a customer doesn’t have enough money to leave a tip. It’s impossible to know whether or not the service was truly as bad as Littleton described. I struggle to believe that it was bad enough for a state representative not to leave a tip. For that to have been the case, Littleton would have had to be mocked, spit on, or cursed at to be justified in not leaving at least a couple bucks for gratuity.

Hooters window image by Mike Mozart