Every Celeb Caught Leaving Terrible Tips

Anyone who has ever worked in the restaurant industry knows that a server's tips can make or break their earnings, so it's disappointing to find out that some wildly successful and wealthy celebs are rumored to be less-than-generous when it comes to leaving gratuity. Unluckily for them, however, a number of disgruntled waiters have been more than willing to tell the tales of well-known figures who've tipped well below the 20 percent mark.

Read on to see all the surprising names who've been caught pinching pennies and exercising their inner-Scrooge. 

Kendall Jenner

First up is model/reality TV star Kendall Jenner. In August 2017, Brooklyn bar Baby's All Right posted a picture to Instagram of a $24 tab it claimed belonged to Jenner. She hadn't left a crappy tip; she'd supposedly left no tip at all. The bar captioned the image, "Don't forget to tip your bartender."

Although the post was quickly deleted after it received mixed reactions from social media users, Jenner responded, tweeting, "Damn, I guess next time we won't tip in cash." But the saga didn't end there. According to the New York ObserverBaby's All Right retweeted Jenner's response along with a Nietzsche quote, "I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you," and the hashtag #nocashtip. 

That post has also been deleted, but it seems the bar had the final, philosophical word...for now. 

Jeremy Piven

Despite being one of the stars of HBO's hit show Entourage (2004-11), actor Jeremy Piven put some seriously D-list behavior on display in 2007 when he allegedly left nothing but a DVD of the show as a tip (what!) at high-priced restaurant Matsuhisa (part of the Nobu empire) in Denver. 

The New York Daily News reported that, according to a source, "[Piven] came in with a large group of 12 or more without reservations and asked for a table. It was a very busy night, but a table, although cramped, was provided. On his way out, he made a nasty comment to the manager: 'Thanks for nothing.'" No, no, Piven, thank you for nothing.

Through a rep, Piven claimed, "I'm such a fan of Nobu and all of his restaurants. I had a great dinner at the Nobu in Aspen. As always, the meal was excellent and the service was great," but his alleged bad behavior and crummy tip reportedly saw him banned from the Denver restaurant and the New York City and Los Angeles Nobu locations, too.

Kirsten Dunst

Actress Kirsten Dunst once played Marie Antoinette, a historical figure who was famously ungenerous to the less fortunate. Sadly, rumor has it that Dunst herself can be similarly unsympathetic to those who aren't making millions in Hollywood. 

A report from Business Insider alleged Dunst once left a 0 percent tip on a comped meal in Hollywood. She's also been accused by the assistant manager of a "high-profile New York restaurant" of running up a $233 bill and, again, leaving nothing for the staff (via Fox News).

We understand a little frugality, but c'mon.

Tiger Woods

As of 2018, Forbes put golfer Tiger Woods' net worth somewhere in the realm of $800 million. Taking this astronomical figure into account, we really can't see any excuse for the August 2011 report that Woods allegedly once took back a $5 tip from a blackjack dealer after realizing he'd already tipped said dealer (though he was reportedly playing $10k a hand at the time). Word on the street is that the golfer intentionally doesn't carry cash to avoid the responsibility of offering gratuity. 

In 2014, Woods' former coach, Sean Foley, came to the golfer's defense, pointing out that Woods does leave good gratuities, just maybe not at blackjack tables. "They can talk about how he doesn't tip or whatever but it's just more b*******," Foley told ScoreGolf. "I've seen him tip caddies at local clubs $400 so I don't know where that comes from."

In Woods' shady case, we guess that's one (lame) way to handle things.


According to Guinness World Records, Madonna has sold over 300 million records worldwide, and she's worth a whopping $850 million, but that doesn't mean she wants to share the wealth. Rumors about her cheap behavior at restaurants run rampant. 

When she was married to director Guy Ritchie, the couple supposedly tipped just $18 on a $400 bill at a West London restaurant—which equals a whopping 4.5 percent gratuity. We know that tipping isn't really a "thing" in the U.K., but jeez. Madge is allegedly a repeat offender: she reportedly dined at Mario Batali's restaurant Babbo in NYC and left a big fat nothing as a tip. 

How's that for a material girl?

Michael Jordan

According to Forbes, basketball superstar Michael Jordan is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time, but his insane success hasn't necessarily translated into generous table manners. 

In March 2016, Uproxx reported on pervasive internet rumors alleging the former Chicago Bulls shooting guard was in the habit of not leaving a tip when he dined out. This extremely frugal behavior was confirmed in 2014 by fellow basketball star Charles Barkley, who told late night host Conan O'Brien that Jordan and former teammate Scottie Pippen are among the cheapest people he knows. "That's their secret to being rich," Barkley said. "They don't tip."

Longtime Las Vegas casino executive Rich Strafella told UrbanDaddy that he once witnessed Jordan gambling at a private table with fellow sports legend Wayne Gretzky. "Michael had ordered a drink from the cocktail waitress, and he gave her a five-dollar chip. Wayne took it off the cocktail waitress's tray, gave it back to Michael, grabbed a hundred-dollar chip from Michael's stack and put it on the cocktail waitress's tray. Then he said, 'That's how we tip in Las Vegas, Michael.'"

On behalf of waiters everywhere, thanks for calling Jordan out, Gretzky.

Mark Zuckerberg

You'd think that after founding one of the biggest internet companies of all time (a little site called Facebook), Mark Zuckerberg would be able to shell out a solid 20 percent when dining out, but alas, apparently not, according to a May 2012 article in The Telegraph.

Zuckerberg reportedly left nothing behind on a 32 euro bill after he and his wife enjoyed a meal at Roman restaurant Nonna Betta, and The Telegraph also reported that Zuckerberg allegedly did the exact same thing "the night before at Pierluigi, a historic trattoria near Campo de' Fiori, a piazza in the heart of Rome." He's also rumored to be quite meticulous when it comes to combing through the bill. 


Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand's tips allegedly aren't leaving anyone with fond memories. The Funny Girl (1968) star apparently felt like $10 was the appropriate amount to leave wait staff with on a $450 bill at an undisclosed restaurant. That's about 2 percent. Not only that, Streisand reportedly didn't treat the staff all too well. The New York Post shared a source's comments: "She demanded the best table, acting rude to everyone, and then barely tipped." 

Sounds like a meal that everyone would prefer to forget.

The Rock

Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was once planning a run for president — yet perhaps he never went through with it thanks to rumors that he's a crappy tipper.

One disgruntled waiter alleged that after asking a steakhouse to open early to accommodate him, the former wrestler left just $7 in gratuity. The waiter's takeaway? "This guy is not a 'Rock' to me, just a cheap pebble." 


LeBron James

In 2008, NBA megastar LeBron James wasn't attracting any new fans when he allegedly left a $10 tip on an $800 bill at XO Prime Steaks in Cleveland. 

Relations were reportedly smoothed out later because, according to TMZ, the restaurant's manager issued the following statement: "For the record, XO would like to clear up a misunderstanding resulting from a story that appeared in the Cleveland Scene on May 7th... Upon completion of his meal, Mr. James paid his bill with a credit card. Our waiter mistakenly read the receipt, inferring that Mr. James had left him only a $10 tip. To clear up the misunderstanding, Mr. James arranged for an appropriate tip to be delivered to the restaurant for the waiter."

Phew! Looks like LeBron is only following in Pippen and Jordan's footsteps in terms of court skills, not restaurant etiquette. 

Miley Cyrus

Before singer Miley Cyrus was known for partying in the USA and twerking with the best of them, she gained some unfortunate notoriety for her stingy tipping. 

Cyrus and her sister, Brandi, reportedly dined at the Outback Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif. in 2009, feasting on $70 worth of steak and mac and cheese. Too bad for the waitstaff, though, as their "thank you" from the Hannah Montana star was allegedly a giant goose egg of a tip. 

Her excuse? A spokeswoman told the New York Daily News that "[Cyrus] didn't know she was supposed to tip unless she was eating inside."


Britney Spears

It's safe to say that the staff of Hollywood eatery One Sunset won't be asking singer Britney Spears to come back "one more time." According to E! Online (via Business Insider), the restaurant alleged that the pop star racked up a $251 bill with her entourage and left nada for the staff.

But there's a but. Perhaps we can forgive Spears' behavior, since she reportedly left a $100 tip on a $30 bill at The Cheesecake Factory in Thousand Oaks, Calif., after she initially forgot to pay the whole thing in the first place. 

Does good tip karma replace bad tip karma? Food for thought.

Mick Jagger

If you're waiting on Sir Mick Jagger, there's a chance you may not get any satisfaction when you see your tip (...sorry.) 

Reports have it that after dining at Pizza Paradiso in Washington, D.C., The Rolling Stones frontman left a sub-par tip of just $10 on a $90 tab. Okay, fine, it's not nothing, but it's still less than the standard 15 percent, and the guy is reportedly worth about $500 million

Just sayin'.

Rachael Ray

Remember TV host Rachael Ray's show $40 a Day TV showWell, it turns out that part of the celebrity chef's strategy for helping viewers keep costs down while dining out may have been stiffing servers on gratuity.

A number of waiters have come out of the woodwork to suggest that Ray's standard tip hovers around 10 percent. According to MSN, she's also been accused of promoting tipping at sub-20 percent levels to her viewers.

What's the opposite of "yum-o?" Oh, we know: yuck.

Sean Penn

In a 2005 round-up of online waiter gossip, The Telegraph described a memorable meal that actor Sean Penn enjoyed in New Orleans. Unfortunately for the restaurant's staff, it was memorable in the bad, I'm-not-getting-a-tip kind of way. 

After supposedly enjoying $450 worth of food and beverage, Penn allegedly decided that he'd tip the staff... nothing. Perhaps he'd been taking notes from ex-wife Madonna?

Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes

Here's a bad tip two-fer: ex-Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria Beckham and ex-Mrs.Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes dined out together in 2007 at the Mondrian Hotel's Asia de Cuba restaurant in Hollywood. How nice.

But, according to the Daily Mail, after Holmes paid the bill, the duo left without leaving anything in the way of gratuity. Their waitress reportedly attempted to chase them down, but was prevented from further contact by Beckham's security team.

Jennifer Lopez

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez may claim she's still "Jenny from the Block," but she reportedly forgot the common folk when she allegedly tipped a pathetic $1.27 on a $350 bill at a restaurant in NYC. Honestly, at that point, why bother? According to the New York Post, J-Lo also complained during the meal about her water being too cold, asking for it to be warmed up. 

Lopez once sang, "No matter where I go, I know where I came from." Apparently that's a place where water is always served to precise temperature requirements...or else no tip for you.

But people can change, even celebrities. In 2018, TMZ reported that Lopez held a huge 10th birthday party for her twins at the Sugar Factory in Las Vegas. Lopez left a $5,500 tip for the staff.

Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp is undeniably an all-time NFL great. During his 13-year career as a defensive tackle, he was named to seven Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl, and racked up nearly 100 sacks. Highly regarded for his football skills, Sapp is less lauded for his generosity with waitstaff.

According to TMZ, in July 2014, Sapp visited the Upper Deck Ale & Sports Grill in the greater Miami metropolitan area. He ordered up a moderately large amount of standard pub fare — some soup, an order of chicken wings, a Reuben with fries, a pizza, and to drink, a bucket of beer. His check totaled $69.39, and that's all that was deducted from Sapp's checking account that day because he wrote a big "O" on the receipt's tip line. To make it even more abundantly clear that he wished to leave no gratuity for his server, Sapp scrawled, "Boys Don't Tip!" across the piece of paper. A photo of the Sapp-signed receipt went viral, and remarkably, the ex-football star owned up to his actions (on Twitter) and defended them. He said that "the service was [the] worst" so he left an accordingly lackluster tip.

As for the "Boys Don't Tip" remark, Sapp claims that was a comeuppance to the server, who he said kept annoyingly referring to Sapp and his grown male dining companions as "boys."

André Roberson

Andre Roberson is a reliable member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, adding a few points and rebounds whenever he makes it into a game. In 2017 he was named one of the NBA's best defensive players. A couple of weeks later, he signed a $30 million contract extension, and that very same day, he made news on TMZ because he left a minuscule tip on a giant bar tab. Along with a dozen friends, Roberson went out drinking at the Chupacabra Cantina in Austin, Texas. The total bill for all those cocktails: $487.13. As he was the newly-minted $30 million man, Roberson picked up the tab, and, wanting to make it add up to an even $500, tipped $13.97. There are two issues with that: First, that adds up to $501, not $500, and second, that amounts to a 2.8 percent gratuity.

The apparent bartender posted the image of Roberson's math-mangling receipt to Twitter and called out the NBA player for being both a tightwad and "trash" for leaving such a paltry tip. Roberson replied, "Shouldn't have had to tip you it was just a bottle at a bar ...there was no service." Then Roberson tried to bring his drinking buddies into the fray, tagging teammates Enes Kanter and Steven Adams in the exchange. Adams quipped, "We just out here tipping more than $13."