Thursday, May 26, 2011
Billy Dec Stiffs Sunda Servers of $1,000 Tip
Restaurateur and nightlife impresario Billy Dec (Rockit Ranch Productions)
I couldn't believe this story when I first heard it, but apparently it's managed to be kept under wraps for a couple of weeks.
An Ultimate Insider tells 312DD that nightlife/restaurant impresario Billy Dec (Rockit Bar & Grill, Sunda, Underground) stiffed two Sunda servers of a $1,000 tip the entire Blackhawks' team wanted to give them. The worst part of this story?! They are both single mothers.
The story goes that the Blackhawks' general manager treated the entire team as well as other staffers to dinner at the popular River North restaurant. The two servers took care of the 37-person party in a separate area of the venue. To show their gratitude, even though their meal was paid for by their boss, the guests all wanted to put in an extra $30, $40 because of their hard work.
"They wanted to tip them extra because they did so well and took care of all of them," said my source.
One guy took all the cash and decided to put the tip on his credit card, which would have totaled $1,000. When Dec found out about this, however, he refused to allow the transaction to go through and voided it. Even though the table insisted, he told them that the servers were already getting tipped 20 percent of the bill. In other words, they were not getting anything extra.
I am not understanding at all why Dec did this, but that $1,000 would have gone a long way for a couple of single mothers working as servers. I'm sure the 20 percent tip was good, but hey, if someone wants to pay EXTRA there is no excuse at ALL to block it!
I'd love to hear the reasoning behind these actions . . .
UPDATE: Here's the email I received from Arturo Gomez, president of Sunda's parent company Rockit Ranch Productions:
"Blackhawks organization called us earlier and gave us a credit card and said they wanted the entire Blackhawks tab taken care inclusive of tip. At the end of the meal the team came over to thank Billy and BIlly said it wasn't me....someone else called and took care of the bill. They immediately wanted to leave tip but Billy mentioned to them that the entire bill + tip was already taken care and to not worry about it. So they said ok and the party moved on to Underground. The staff member was upset because they felt they could have made more of than the 20% tip if Billy hadn't said anything. We made a promise to the Blackhawks organization that all would be handled exactly as they had requested and it was. That's all. We would never disallow our people from making money. After all that's why most of them are there."