28 February 2012

Hubris

That’s definitely the word for this behavior:

To add insult to injury the word "tip" was circled on the receipt, and the banker wrote "get a real job" on the bill. The picture of the receipt was taken and uploaded to the blog Future Ex-Banker by a person who was dining with the anonymous banker. As expected, the blog received a lot of attention and has now been taken down. The author of the blog wrote, "mention the 99% in my boss' presence and feel his wrath. So proudly does he wear his 1% badge of honor that he tips exactly 1% every time he feels the server doesn't sufficiently bow down to his holiness."

It takes an incredible amount of arrogance and stupidity to do something like this, in the age of the internet.  While the banksters don’t deserve all the blame for the United States’ current economic misfortune (cronies in congress certainly contributed to the mess), they do deserve a fair portion of the blame, seeing as how they found it profitable to encourage real estate speculation and the college bubble, among other things.  Then, when this blew up in their face, they took billions of taxpayer dollars to cover the mess they had made.

Because of this, the economy has been mired in a recession, due in part to economic and legal uncertainty, and also in part to the radical misallocation of resources.  One reason it’s difficult to find “real jobs” is simply due to the fundamental economic inefficiencies the US economy faces.  While congress and the fed made a good portion of this happen, they mostly did so at the behest of their banker cronies, who found the resulting market distortion to be quite profitable.  Thus, it is simply detestable for a bankster who likely contributed to the conditions that would prevent someone from getting a “real job” to tell someone to get a “real job.”

Additionally, being a server is a real job.  Who, exactly, does this bankster think will serve him if everyone has “real jobs”?  The fact of the matter is that anyone who gets paid for providing a good or service has a real job.  To say otherwise is to ignore the very basics of trade and the division of labor.

UPDATE:  It turns out that the receipt is fake.

5 comments:

  1. A good way to judge the character of a middle or upper class man is to observe how he treats a waiter in a restaurant, a janitor cleaning an office or a carhop.

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  2. The story is a hoax....
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/photoshop/restaurant-receipt-photoshop-hoax-869032

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  3. @Carnivore- true enough. My dad always told me that it is the way that someone treats his inferiors that says the most about him.

    @Dave- I'll make a note of it in the post. It figures that when I finally decide to trust the MSM I get burned by it.

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  4. It figures that when I finally decide to trust the MSM I get burned by it.

    Well, to be fair, you didn't trust the MSM here. You trusted a contributor at Yahoo, where the "original content" is generated by a bunch of poorly paid interns and schlubs who couldn't get real media jobs. (The vast majority of actual news content at Yahoo is stuff from the myriad wire services and newspapers whose content they syndicate.)

    And in fact, what you were really trusting was some blogger at the Huffington Post, which is where this whole "outrageous tip" story started.

    It was CBS, a mainstream media outlet, which promptly debunked the whole thing.

    My point isn't that the mainstream media is some paragon of trustworthiness. It's just that human beings are human beings. And human beings comprise both the "mainstream media" and every site you read on the Internet. Spend your trust with caution, on all fronts.

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  5. @Display Name- My point was more along the lines that I would have expected a little bit more fact-checking on a news wire service's part before running the story. I generally don't trust the any news organization to this job, but the one time I do, it simply confirms that I should be doing my own research.

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