This receipt, showing Drew Brees' takeout order tip of $3, has been circulated widely online -- much to Brees' consternation.
I ask the question in the headline only because arguably the best player in the NFC South division -- New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees -- is getting hammered online because on a $74.41 takeout order he tipped only $3.
Brees, of course, is very, very rich. This does not obligate him to throw $20 bills around like confetti, but on first glance this does seem a little cheap to me.
Then again, I hardly ever buy takeout food unless it's in a drive-thru setting. Our family of six does eat in restaurants a good bit, where my wife -- who waited tables to help put herself through college -- is a 20-25 percent sort of tipper. I used to be cheaper than that, but she has gradually over the years trained me to do the same (more if the service is great, less if it's awful).
Brees is, by all accounts (including mine), a very good person. He addressed this small "controversy" Thursday at the Saints' training camp and on Twitter, saying in camp he was disappointed "that it actually got spun and perceived as -- you immediately jump to the conclusion that he stiffed a waiter or waitress. That's the part that bothers me."
Brees also wrote on Twitter: "In case anyone still cares about this report: I tipped $3 on a takeout order. Had we sat down it would have been 20% (plus)."
So what do you think? Do you tip on takeout orders at all and, if so, how much? And would you do it differently if you had signed a $100 million contract to play quarterback in the NFL?
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