Rep. Paul Ryan refused to tip an elderly waiter today at a Washington-area soul food restaurant.
According to witnesses at Auntie Ruth’s Bistro in Northeast D.C., Ryan stiffed his server on the grounds of “personal austerity” and proceeded to tell the 72-year-old man to “get a real job.”
The situation started when the Wisconsin Republican showed up with 15 of his staffers to have a two-hour working meeting at the restaurant. Although he didn’t have a reservation and no one called ahead, the staff at Auntie Ruth’s worked hard to accommodate his request.
James Anderson, who’s been waiting tables at the restaurant for 20 years, skipped his lunch break to serve the congressman and his entourage.
After hours of backbreaking work, the congressional staff returned to their offices and Congressman Ryan stayed behind to put the bill on his government credit card.
When Ryan attempted to leave the premises without paying any tip at all, Anderson politely asked Ryan if he was satisfied with the service.
"Listen, I was satisfied with the service," Ryan explained, "but I’m not paying you a cent. You know why? Because you’re a taker. I’ve already paid for my meal. I’ve spent the money I’m legally obligated to spend - and here you are begging for more.
"Why don’t you go out and get yourself a real job? Get an education and then go be an engineer or something. Don’t sit around doing shitty jobs your whole life and then expect me to pay for your bad decisions.
"You don’t like the fact that you work a minimum wage job? Tough. You should have used your parents’ inheritance money to get a college education instead of wasting it on booze and women."’
For his part, Anderson says he was fully within his rights to suggest Ryan leave a tip and is “disappointed” by Ryan’s comments.
"I didn’t take my lunch break just to serve Ryan’s table," he explains. "I was serving 15 people. That ‘s a big group, and I worked very hard. I rely on tips to pay my bills, so I felt I had to ask.
"The truth is, I never got any inheritance money from my parents. My folks were sharecroppers down in Georgia, never had a dime to their name. What little money I ever had went to pay for their health care.
"I was the top of my class in high school. And I got a scholarship to go to Georgetown University. But when I showed up, the school withdrew the money. They didn’t know I was black.
"So I’ve just been here in Washington ever since. Doing odd jobs. Just trying to make enough to get by. I think I would have made a great engineer. Math was my best subject. But those were the segregation days."
A spokesperson for Ryan says he has no plans to apologize to Anderson, and claimed “those people” are the reason why this country is going bankrupt.
EDIT: Well Fuck Me, It’s a Hoax….
Mitt Romney’s traveling press secretary RICK GORKA, in not allowing reporters to ask his boss questions while at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw. Romney has only held one press availability during his gaffe-filled European trip. He would later tell another reporter to “shove it.”
Hey, great idea for a press secretary to do. In front of cameras and microphones. And journalists!
Also telling people to “kiss my ass” and “shove it” at ”holy site for Polish people” is way less disrespectful than… oh wait. It isn’t.
Republicans. The Party of Facepalm.
Exactly no one with half a brain is surprised.(via inothernews)
Republican presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY, essentially telling 30 million Americans without health insurance that they’re “non-essential.”
Good job, Mitt.
The Huffington Post, “Mitch McConnell on 30 Million Uninsured: ‘That Is Not the Issue.’”
Even Fox “News” guy Chris Wallace is stunned by what he hears.
But those with a conscience aren’t.(via inothernews)
- Come up with viable alternative to Obamacare.
- Come up with viable alternative to Obamacare?
- Come up with viable alternative to Obamacare;
- come up with viable alternative to Obamacare.
- Come up with viable alternative to Obamacare!
- Come up with viable alternative to Obamacare…
- like Romneycare.
- “We have to make sure that people who want to keep their current insurance will be able to do so.”
- “We also have to assure that we do our very best to help each state in their effort to assure (sic) that every American has access to affordable healthcare.”
- “We’ve gotta make sure that those people who have pre-existing conditions know that they will be able to be insured.”
(via The Daily Show)
Mitt Romney is a liar. Whenever he opens his mouth, he lies. He is a liar. A liar.
New York Times columnist PAUL KRUGMAN, writing on March 1, 2012 about Mitt Romney and the rest of the GOP presidential candidates.
Politico has a hard-on for Paul Krugman. And so do I.
Former president GEORGE W. BUSH, continuing to miss the point of just about every fucking thing concerning his two-war, tax-cuts-for-the-rich-and-corporate-America legacy.
Republican presidential candidate RICK SANTORUM, being all “I hate the liberal media and stuff,” on Fox & Friends.
Well when the liberal media hurts your feelings by asking you to explain your own words, there’s no salve better for those wounds than Fox “News.”