Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams Leaves 75-Cent Tip For Waitress

By Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
September 12, 2016 Updated: September 12, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is set to make $2 million this season, but a Maryland waitress didn’t see a drop of it when she served him.

Williams and five others were patrons at Ledo Restaurant on Sept. 11, where they dined on spinach lasagna, fried calamari, salad, and shrimp, totaling $128.26. Following their meal, a server named “Christina L.” was given a dismal 75-cent tip—much to the disappointment of the waitress, who took to Facebook to air out her frustrations.

“Just now at work I had Deangelo Williams come in and I waited on while tending bar. His check was $128.25 [sic],” she wrote on Facebook, according to TMZ Sports. “He left me $129 with no tip but .75 cents. So there you go Stealers fans, your running back is cheap as [expletive] !!! Smh.”

The general rule is to tip 15 to 20 percent of the pre-tax bill, meaning that under normal circumstances, the waitress that served Williams and his party of five should have at least been tipped between $19 and $25. 

Williams defended his actions via Twitter. In an exchange with a user, who identified himself as the waitress’s co-worker, Williams stated that the service he received was slow, poor, and warranted no tip.

According to Williams, he waited nearly two hours for his meal and instead of asking for a manager, he decided to leave no gratuity.

Williams, himself a former waiter, said that had the service been exemplary, she would’ve gotten a $40 tip. 

One waitress backed Williams’s tipping, tweeting: “I get tipped well anytime @DeAngeloRB comes into the restaurant I work at. Guess the service was just that bad!!!” to which he replied, “Oh it was awful”

TMZ Sports reported that the waitress was fired from her position following her Facebook post.

The co-owner, Jimmy Marcos, offered Williams a free meal and an in-person apology.