Tiger Woods & Lebron James Rated Worst Athlete Tippers

I have always been conflicted about tipping.

On the one hand tipping is “OPTIONAL”, so if you don’t want to tip you shouldn’t be criticized for it.  On the flip side a lot of people who work in certain establishments need tips to justify the amount of work they are doing.

When you are rich I guess people expect you to tip more, but once again it is OPTIONAL.

I probably shouldn’t laugh at this Tiger Woods story, but it is pretty hilarious, the Lebron story made me chuckle as well.

Woods, despite a net worth of $500 million, is the worst celebrity tipper in America. Eldrick’s excuse: He never carries cash. Woods is said to have made a woman in Las Vegas tip for him when they went out. While playing $10,000-a-hand blackjack, Tiger re-pocketed a $5 tip after realizing he tipped her early in the night.

The golfer isn’t the only sports star making the Miami New Times Short Order blog list of “Top Ten Cheapest Celebrity Tippers.”


LeBron James was one of them. The King was given a gift from the gods in the form of basketball talent, but leaving a gratuity is a different story. James, with a net worth of $120 million, turns into a cheapskate when the bill arrives. The Miami Heat star is ranked fourth on the New Times list, thanks in part to a generous $10 tip on a $800 bill from a Cleveland steak house he made stay open until 4 a.m.

They obviously did not count the money Tiger spent on Porn stars because if they did he would never be on this list.  I have heard stories about Tiger being cheap, not so much Lebron, so he might have just gotten a raw deal based of f one story.

I will stick with the tried and true 10% and 5% if you don’t refill my drink in a timely manner.

Here is the entire list of worst celebrity tippers.

Top Ten Cheapest Celebrity Tippers
1.) Tiger Woods: Claims he never carries cash.
2.) Madonna: Once left an $18 tip on a $400 bill.
3.) Barbra Streisand: Famous for leaving $10 tip for $457 tab.
4.) LeBron James: Didn’t ever get tipping talents, left $10 on an $800 bill.
5.) Jeremy Piven: Left signed Entourage DVD as tip.
6.) Usher: Once left his autograph as a tip.
7.) Mariah Carey: Famous for diva demands and no tips!
8.) Sean Penn: Left $0 on a $450 tab in New Orleans.
9.) Bill Cosby: Once left a $3 tip on a $350 bill
10.) Rachael Ray: Promotes less than 20 percent tip on her show.

18 thoughts on “Tiger Woods & Lebron James Rated Worst Athlete Tippers

  • Don’t go out if you don’t plan to tip the 20%!


    It’s not an option so much as it is just ethical (the servers are TAXED on their sales and make far below min wage – as in $3-$5 per hour). It’s just proper, classy, polite,customary and decent.

    Non tipper tightwads make me sick. I think the celebs should be bashed endlessly and mercilessly for it and made a public example. This article should be posted everywhere.

    I was in the service biz years back. I am not rich – far from it – but 20% is my base tip whenever I go out. I NEVER forget or neglect to tip. If the service is exceptional I easily go up as high as 50% or so.

    I have no respect for these tightwad losers. I will never spend money on their events, CD’s, movies…

    If you are a celeb you should just over compensate just to play it safe. Hell, you are doing better than most and are blessed – so spread the blessing…

    BTW – some of these are the same people who believe in the redistribution of wealth, higher taxes for the funding of entitlement programs, etc for folks who aren’t working or poor – but the rich celebs, themselves, refuse to tip the under paid person who works their ass off for them…

    These icky celebs blather on and on during the endless award shows – or whenever they can shove their over exposed narcissistic face in front of a camera – and they whine ceaselesly about compassion toward a strawman population of some special interest cause! Then, however, to a real human who is struggling to make ends meet these same celebs dismiss all the effort of an actual needy person by not tipping… whatever. Losers, phonies, hypocrites – I hope karma finds them – and brands them appropriately.

    Madonna the ol’ hose bag, Sean the out of touch foolish phony, Tiger the ho’monger, Barbara still-ugly-after-all-these-years – only just more washed up, Mariah with the annoying dog whistle voice, No-talent-Piven, Over inflated Lebraun and the rest of them aren’t even worthy of kissing their server’s butt!

    I dispise tight wads and especially when they are hypocrites too!

  • I also used to work in a restaurant and I agree that you shouldn’t go out to eat unless you plan on tipping at least 18% because here’s the thing- you enjoy going out to restaurants, right? If you tip poorly, the staff will be unhappy. If the staff is unhappy, you will, at least, get poor service but more likely, they will quit. (FYI- Most servers/bartenders are well aware of the fact that giving poor service will not benefit them since they live off of tips.) Eventually no one will want to work in that restaurant and it will have to close.
    Moral of the story- the staff of restaurants make it possible for you to even go out to eat in the first place so thank them in the form of a good tip!!
    p.s. Most of the servers and bartenders these days are college educated but are unable to find jobs in their field right now due to the economy.

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