In case you haven't, here is a quick screen shot to sum it up:
Source: The Huffington Post via futureexbanker.blogspot.com
Gasp! No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is a $1.33 tip on a $133.54 bill with a note for a "tip" that says, "get a real job."
She writes, "It's this kind of disrespect for hard-working average Americans that paints a villainous picture of the 1 percent."
She even drags Mitt Romney and his Cadillacs into the fray, "It also creates a real problem for wealthy politicians like who suffer by comparison with clods like the anonymous banker. While Romney hasn't insulted any wait staff that we know of, he has shown a painful lack of perspective on the plight of ordinary Americans. Most of his intended constituents don't have a selection of Cadillacs to drive or homes to visit."
She concludes (gotta love the spelling of Super PAC here), "Stories like this remind voters of who's funding those super packs. Should we trust the wealthy to set their own tax rates or buy the person who will? If so, you can bet some will decide their fair share is somewhere in the vicinity of this banker's tip."
So why am I bringing this up?
It was all a HOAX!
Since this story appeared in the headlines on Monday (yes, there were even videos on the news and some of these mainstream media news sites), it has been removed and/or "updated" on most news sites. Check some out:
- The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/24/banker-1-percent-tip-receipt_n_1299280.html
- Yahoo!: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/banker-insulting-waitress-tip-hoax-165556900.html
- A local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/02/27/wealthy-banker-leaves-one-percent-tip-nasty-note-for-waitress-in-newport-beach/
- Hot Air: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/28/video-the-1-tip-hoax
Like a starving dog waiting for its treat, media was drooling so heavily at the thought of publishing an article that pits the poor, pitiful server against the demeaning, arrogant, loathsome banker that it didn't even stop to ensure it was real. The media didn't even do its due diligence for the sake of making sure it was reporting based on fact instead of emotion. It rushed this, pitted the 99% against the 1%, and the hateful and vicious comments against the "banker" rolled in. Disgusting.
Webster's dictionary defines propaganda as, "ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect."
Make no mistake; this story had no facts from the get-go. But that didn't stop the media, did it? Do you think we will hear any apologizes from Kim Jacobs Walker? I doubt it... but a lesson can be learned here: whenever reading, watching, or listening to something put forth by the mainstream media, be sure to take it with a truckload of salt.
Finally, the best comment I saw once the truth about this piece came out was from a user on Yahoo! (I can't find it any more, and I don't want to take credit for it). He said, "never let facts get in the way of a good story."
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