Mark Zuckerberg Gets Called Out for Not Tipping In Italy, Where Not Tipping is Customary. We Have a Few Tips.

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Mark Zuckerberg and his new wife Priscilla Chan are spending some time in Rome on their honeymoon, during which they are expected to purchase both Rome and patent for pasta. Yesterday The Telegraph out of London reported that the newlyweds had lunch at Nonna Betta, a kosher restaurant in Rome's Jewish neighborhood. After lunch, the owners of the restaurant criticized Zuckerberg for not leaving a tip.

Thing is, tipping isn't customary in Italy because it's already worked into the bill. But Americans are so accustomed to tipping that the habit often gets the best of them, a trend rarely missed by European waiters. You could say it's almost expected of Americans to tip, but certainly not locals. Hey, Nonna Betta, see the lady in the red jacket in the middle of the picture, how much did she tip?

Obviously things are different when you're Zuck. In Jim Carrey fashion, a la Dumb and Dumber, he should walk through places throwing money, right?

In lieu of a five Euro tip, we came up with five (eight after converting to the Euro) tips for the owners of Nonna Betta:

Tip 1: Maybe start a Facebook page ripping on Zuck for not leaving a tip. Or, even better, #YoZucks,Where'sMyTip?

Tip 2: You had the opportunity to handle this with grace and gratitude since they chose to dine at your restaurant while on their honeymoon. If he gets married again, I wouldn't hold a table.

Tip 3: Treat every customer as a Yelper with elite status. You have no idea what this man is capable of after he's had a few beers and is a ruing from public embarrassment -- in a crowded restaurant, nonetheless.

Tip 4: Zuckerberg's estimated worth is around $19 billion and some change, while today Italy is having a fire sale on billions in debt. I'm not sure of the specifics, but I'm thinking he could buy your country. "Country of Zuckerberg" or "Facebook-landia" or even "Like This" doesn't quite roll of the tongue like "Italy."

Tip 5: Before getting snippy about Zuckerberg's lack of "parsimony," consider that the FB founder's visit just made you the most popular little mom-and-pop restaurant in all of Rome.


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Christopher
Christopher

Obviously they haven't seen the movie Social Network . Zuck probably doesn't tip on the home side either. Hell, I think he gave his wife a CrackerJacks ring.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Where are the waiters today?  IEC and I are waiting to blast!  Just like like SG on that crane story today....or EVERYONE on that crazy flight attendant story.  Commencing "pigpile" in 3,2,1.......

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

You mean to tell me that the Zuckberger didn't make it rain on Italia? #whatthazuck,mark?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It felt weird not tipping the bartender at the London pub...for the first beer. Then you get used to it. When in Rome!

People should be happy any time the dude isn't wearing a hoodie or changing Facebook privacy terms yet again.

earl
earl

Sounds like Zuck did his homework before travelling.  Good for him.  And what's with criticism over how much he spent?  Just because a patron has a lot of money does not mean they have to order the whole left side of the menu.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

"After lunch, the owners of the restaurant criticized Zuckerberg for not leaving a tip."  Altleast those owners can expect NEVER to get another visit from the Zuckerberg's!Cue the complaining waiters in 3....2.....1......

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

I ate in this restaurant about a year ago, and it was the worst service experience I had in Italy. If I spoke Italian worth a shit I would have complained to Nonna herself.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

The ring's supposedly worth $25 grand, and I'm ashamed I even know that much.

How much should a wedding ring cost, to be acceptable to you? And don't say it should be worth 2 months' salary, because that's just a meme started by advertisers.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Bartenders in English pubs do not expect monetary tips. But, do genuinely appreciate your buying them a drink.

Im_Ed_Carter
Im_Ed_Carter

Remember the last time we got the bartenders all worked up??? Oy vey!!!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Fucking with the bartenders was awesome. Especially when they said they would fuck up our drinks on purpose if we ever drank at their place. Pretty much proved our point. Stay behind the bar bitches. Here is a tip, dont expect a tip or you wont get one

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