A 20-year-old Rutgers University student who is waiting tables at D'Jais Bar & Grill this summer to help put herself through school, got an unwelcome lesson in the humanities this past week.

Posted by The Asbury Park Press on Sunday, August 23, 2015

A college student working as a waitress at a Jersey Shore restaurant received no tip on a $112 bill and instead got a taunting message.

Jess Jones explained that she was waiting on a party of eight last week at D'Jais Bar & Grill in Belmar. After the bill was paid for by credit card, Jones saw that her customers had left her no tip.

Instead, they wrote "1 hour for food LOL."

Jones, a 20-year-old student at Rutgers University, posted a photo of the receipt and explained the incident on her Facebook page. The photo quickly went viral.

The Asbury Park Press printed the text of Jones' post, which has since been deleted:

"Last night, I was stunned by this receipt that was left for me by a party of eight people," Jones wrote. "I would have preferred a '$0' tip than a 'LOL' tip, but as a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job. Even though they did wait an hour to eat, they remained satisfied with filled drinks and proper notice that the kitchen was a bit busier than normal. I've worked in the service industry for five years and I take pride in providing great service to my customers."

Jones wrote that servers in New Jersey earn $2.50 an hour. For non-tipped workers in the Garden State, the minimum wage is $8.38.

"Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make," she wrote. "I need tips to pay my bills. All waiters do. We spend an hour or more of our time befriending you, making you laugh, getting to know you, and making your dining experience the best it can be. We work hard, and we really do care."

"My experience with this table was cruel and unnecessary but sadly it's not uncommon," Jones wrote. "With that said: Please be good to your waiters. I know it's annoying when things aren't right. I know how aggravating it is to receive a hefty bill when all night you've been wondering why the table that came in after you was served before you. But waiters are mere messengers most of the time, and it's wrong to shoot them, however bad the news."


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