Restaurant's Attempt to Call Out LeSean McCoy for Bad Tip Backfires

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2014


Nobody likes a poor tipper, but as one Philadelphia restaurant learned, nobody likes a snitch either.

PYT—a burger joint in Philadelphia—took to Facebook to post a picture of a receipt that apparently shows Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy leaving a not-so-great tip during a recent visit.

On a bill of $61.56, Shady left a $0.20 tip.

Update: Sept. 16 at 7:20 a.m. ET

It appears the receipt in question has now popped up on eBay, with bidding up to nearly $100,000 as of Tuesday morning:

(via Ebay)

From the auction description: 

Not only do you get to keep a memento of weird current events/social media history but you also get an autograph from incredibly talented Philadelphia Eagles running back, LeSean McCoy!!!

As to how I came into possession of this item:

My good friend Tommy Up has left this receipt in my possession in order to ensure something positive comes out of this somewhat negative action that has recently taken place.

With your help we'll be able to leave the largest tip possible to all PYT employees for their hard work and dedication.

The only thing we would like to ask on your end is for the winner to write a personalized note or card to the PYT staff, which we give to the staff along with the winning bid/tip. (We want to give credit where credit is due)

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Update: Sept. 11 at 1:45 p.m. ET

McCoy told NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks why he left such a small tip:

Eliot Shorr-Parks @EliotShorrParks

LeSean McCoy said he left 20 cent tip because the service was bad. "I'll be honest like always. The tip was a statement." #Eagles

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Update: Sept. 10 at 4:44 p.m. ET

As Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard points out, Charlie Sheen has offered to pay $1,000 to the waiter.

Charlie Sheen @charliesheen

dear Tommy Up at PYT in Philly. Please tell Rob K I'm pledging 1000 dollars to him for the tip debacle just wanna help. c #NoJudgement

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Update: Sept. 9 at 3:28 p.m. ET

Anyone who was hoping the restaurant would apologize to McCoy is out of luck. The owner of the burger joint did, however, post a message on the establishment's Facebook page to explain his side of the story.


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There are many reasons someone might leave a small tip or no tip at a restaurant. Here are some details on McCoy's dining experience, via the Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen:

Les Bowen @LesBowen

Asked LeSean McCoy about the restaurant receipt thing. “It’s bull****, man,” he said. Declined request to elaborate.

Les Bowen @LesBowen

On McCoy receipt thing: my understanding is, he was really ticked about service. But org wishes he’d handled it differently. He understands

The restaurant might have thought that the public would ridicule McCoy, but that wasn't the case. 

via PYT/Facebook

via PYT/Facebook

via PYT/Facebook

(In case you were wondering, PYT has received three stars on Yelp.)

Even Eagles guard Evan Mathis chimed in:

via PYT/Facebook

One commenter hit the nail on the head:

via PYT/Facebook

It's still not clear what led to the small tip, but posting the receipt on social media was a bad move by the restaurant. Although the posting may have generated some extra attention for PYT, it certainly angered some potential customers who likely won't be stopping by for burgers anytime soon.

[PYT, Twitter]


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