Drew Brees' Preseason Features Ridiculous 'Horrible Tip' Controversy

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 30, 2013

Armed with a black ink pen and presumed frustration, Drew Brees tipped three bucks on a $74 bill. 

Cue Internet outrage in 3...2...

UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, 11:15 a.m. ET

Drew Brees has answered in kind with the following tweet, answering once and for all that this was indeed a take-out order, as we noted in our initial report. 

To reiterate from the first report, Brees tipped when he didn't have to, and when most wouldn't fathom to. Let those who have tipped at the drive-thru cast the first Internet barb. 

Yeah, didn't think so. 

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Update: Tuesday, July 30, 5:20 pm.m ET

As we note below, the receipt is most likely that from a take-out order. Dan Schreiber, a managing partner of the restaurant, released an apology and explanation you can read here

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The Dirty (h/t Sports Kings) spotted the latest image that proves star athletes who make millions can stiff waiters and waitresses like the rest of us. 

Here is a picture of a receipt that speaks for itself. 

Yeah, I know. This waitress just got Brees' autograph and three dollars! What a lucky duck. 

Oh, that's not why we are all flipping out at the moment?

According to the report, the receipt pictured comes from Del Mar Rendezvous, and the image may have had the person named Carissa in some hot water. 

Here is what The Dirty had to offer in an update to their initial story. 

I want to make it every clear to management at Del Mar Rendezvous that Carissa DID NOT submit this receipt of cheapo Drew Brees. Contacts at the restaurant have told me you will be meeting with her tonight to discuss termination. Drew Brees is the 3 dollar tipper, don’t fire her because of his actions.- nik

I will give every last one of you a few seconds to stomp around the house and throw your Brees jersey across the room while you scream, "Why, Drew? Why?!?!"

Now that you have that out of your system, we can temper this story that's on the verge of spreading across the Internet like a wildfire. 

First, we noticed this tweet from Nik Richie who writes The Dirty.

Huzzah, Carissa still has a job, and this story may be much ado about take-out. 

The Blaze reports they actually spoke with the manager of Del Mar RendezvousDan Schreiber. It seems that this particular receipt, one that isn't even verified to belong to the same Brees we are all thinking about, came from ordering take-out. 

“I can’t verify the authenticity of this receipt,” he said.

But he added: “I just can say that if this was an authentic receipt, just looking at it, I can tell it’s take-out order and that that would be a generous tip.”

The Blaze also had a breakdown of the signature next to some verified Brees autographs, leading to the assumption that this was indeed the star QB. 

With all that being said, it seems like Brees decided to call in an order and pick up the food himself, and still managed to throw a few extra bucks to the person who simply bagged up the food. 

And it seems like someone at the restaurant saw the receipt and decided to start a silly controversy. If you are truly mad at Brees, go ahead and tip 20% the next time you go through the drive-thru. 

So Brees is either a swell gentleman who gave some bucks when he really didn't need to, or he is a horrible person who leaves bad tips and laughs maniacally as he leaves the restaurant.

I am willing to give Brees the benefit in this take-out receipt scandal. 

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