This has got to be one of the best PR moves a celebrity can ever make: After getting an $80 bill at the Laugh Factory in L.A. on Friday, Rihanna reportedly asked her waiter what his biggest tip ever was, according to TMZ. He said, $100, so Rihanna gave him $200 and said, “Now I’m your biggest tip.” Sure, she had to guess the story would make the rounds later, so it could have been a very calculated good PR move, but this is Rihanna — she doesn’t care what we think, remember?
This act of generosity places Riri among an elite group of stars with good reps among waitstaff and bartenders. There are a bunch of sites out there with rankings of the best celebrity tippers (all based on secondhand reports from the waiters, of course). Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Charlie Sheen, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Drew Barrymore, President Obama, Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Drew Carey and Hulk Hogan have all made such lists for their generous gratuities. More than dollar amounts, we’ve always enjoyed the sites, like this old-school one, that gather tales of the stars’ behavior to their servers. The celebs with the worst tipping reputations, because we know you’re even more curious about those, include Tiger Woods, Jeremy Piven, Madonna, Britney Spears, LeBron James and Mick Jagger.
What does this say about their personality? You could say the good tippers remember their humble roots, value good service, or, again, know these stories can come back to benefit or haunt them. On the other hand, maybe the bad tippers are forgetful, or they’re just used to someone else taking care of the bill-paying for them.
What do you think, waiters of the world? Give us your analysis and stories in the comments!