Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tipping Is Not A City Struggling Under Embarrassingly Incompetent Leadership

Gordon Russell did great work for the citizens of New Orleans by doing a pretty good WCBF impersonation. Combing through Ray Nagin's personal schedule and city credit card bills, obtained through public records request, Russell has discovered that our fearless Mayor has been using city taxpayer money to eat fancy feasts. He used the city's American Express to take out his wife on their anniversary.

That's low. Couldn't even use his own loot for the anniversary with the wife.

A round of applause for Gordon Russell. Investigative journalism is not dead.

I'm jealous that he gets paid, even though I'm sure he feels it's not enough.

All I've got are these measly tips from my gig in the service industry. It's hard because I'm apartment hunting right now and things are not looking so swell for a guy that wants to spend most of his time doing good work for his community instead of slaving in service of people with more money than me.

Why bring up the personal now?

Well, because there's a hidden outrage in this T-P front over...

The graphic on the T-P cover shows the AMEX bill from Lillette and has it broken down into two. The meal itself cost $79.57 but there was also a $12.00 tip.

That tip is 15% on the button.

On his anniversary the mayor couldn't cough up 20%?

What a loser.

Seems the man can take away from the community by charging the meal to a taxpayer-funded credit card but can't give back when it's time to show gratitude for service.

Does the mayor favor increasing the minimum wage?

It might help me find an apartment.

I'll buy him a meal at Lillette with my own money if he can do that. And I'll tip 25%.

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UPDATE: Here is the graphic -


oyster said...

Great catch. Nagin's 15% tip offends me as much as anything else.

I'm serious.

jeffrey said...

I'll second what Oyster said. What a jerk.

bayoustjohndavid said...

Allow me to play devil's advocate: To a lot of people, 15% is still standard. When I was waiting tables (mid-eighties to 2001), I thought I noticed regional variations with people from Northeastern cities and a few Midwestern cities (e.g. Chicago) most likely to consider 20% standard. However, most New Orleanians who eat out a lot tip like New Yorkers (or Chicagoans or Philadelphians), so that puts Nagin on the cheap side. However, I would get the occasional tip where additional cash was left on top of the credit card tip. Usually, I assumed that somebody in the party thought the host was cheap. However, at least once or twice, I did have the person paying the bill tell me that he was leaving additional cash because there were limiting the amount he could tip on his company card. So let's give Nagin the benefit of the doubt and assume the city has a limit on tips to prevent city employees from tipping their friends and relatives outrageously with city money. Let's also assume that Nagin left a five dollar bill on the side, making it a 22-23% tip. I doubt it, because Nagin's whole record is one of caring more about six figure executives than low five figure workers, but let's assume it. problem is, that would bring up the question of why he's taking out his wife with a credit card that's subject to city rules.

Anonymous said...

I think Nagin probably thinks we should be tipping him.

Circe said...

Question: Why EXACTLY is Nagin in South Africa?

I keep reading these articles that detail the reasons "Ethnic, cultural, trade, tourism, blah, blah blah"

However, the African-American population actually is more Equatorial African ethnically. The Zulu connection just has to do with the parade..which was started because of a popular musical, not because of ethnic ties.

As for tourism, I haven't met a while lot of South African tourists down here. Internationally we get more folks from European and Asian countries.

Trade could be it..but I am unaware of what our trade connection to them is? Can anyone answer this one for me?

We need publicity for tourism..but that could be done in the US instead of 23 person delegations to South Africa.

On the surface it sounds a little fishy. Anyone have any detailed explanation?? I really do want to know why he is taking a trip to South Africa. Do they have a better levee system??? That would be valid.

And yes..people who tip 15% in nice restaurants are jackasses. And I would be offended that my husband paid for our anniversary dinner with tax payer funds. What a tacky cheapskate.

bayoustjohndavid said...

I would say that he's in South Africa to follow through on the African connections that Dollar Bill made, but they were more equatorial African as well.

E said...

I think that's a great question.

South Africa . . .

I know that Durban, one of the towns he visited is known as a big resort. My first impression was that this was a vacation passed off as a business trip.

Who knows? Fielkow is in Greece for a shipping conference or something...