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Kerry a Cheapskate, Senate Waiter Says!
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Posted on 04/26/2004 5:31:21 AM PDT by Ramtek57

Sunday, April 25, 2004 11:39 p.m. EDT Kerry a Cheapskate, Senate Waiter Says

When it comes to his Senate dining room tipping habits, you'd hardly know Sen. John Kerry married his way into a half-billion-dollar fortune.

Independent researcher Tom Kuiper called our attention last week to a passage from Ron Kessler's 1997 best seller, "Inside Congress: The Shocking Scandals, Corruption, and Abuse of Power Behind the Scenes on Capitol Hill."

Kessler's account includes a few choice quotes from one of the Senate dining room waiters, who used to regularly serve the Senate's wealthiest member.

Kerry is "real cheap," the waiter told Kessler. "He tips, but it is ten percent and below."

The waiter noted that the Massachusetts Democrat isn't alone. Some of Kerry's less-gold-plated colleagues "either do not tip or tip very little. ... They might go out without signing their check or they might sign the check w/ no tip."


TOPICS: Announcements; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cheapskate; gotoomey; kerry; sucks; wimp
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1 posted on 04/26/2004 5:31:22 AM PDT by Ramtek57
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To: Ramtek57
But, but, you have to understand that Mommy doesn't give him a very big allowance....
2 posted on 04/26/2004 5:33:56 AM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: Ramtek57
That's probably because he regards these people as servants. But a Spanish proverb calls servants... "unaviodable enemies." I expect more info like this as the days roll by.
3 posted on 04/26/2004 5:34:57 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (From each according to his inability, to each according to his misdeeds - DNC Motto)
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To: KC Burke
LOL. BUMP
4 posted on 04/26/2004 5:35:01 AM PDT by GeronL (John F Kerry; Repeat to thyself often: The Mississippi is not the Mekong Delta)
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To: Ramtek57
Somehow this fits his personality to a tee. Contrast this with the Bush's who are known to be very generous tippers.
5 posted on 04/26/2004 5:37:04 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind (We can't let Kerry win - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)
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To: Ramtek57
so much for caring about the working people..
6 posted on 04/26/2004 5:40:10 AM PDT by The Mayor (The more you love God, the more you hate sin.)
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To: Ramtek57
Servers and bartenders generally make less than the minimum wage and depend on tips to make a living. Liberals are always screaming about the minimum wage not being enough to live on, yet, as a group, they tip less than the average. Go figure.
7 posted on 04/26/2004 5:40:37 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: ride the whirlwind
Wonder if the patrons in the Senate dining room might get
the same treatment that chronicly lousy tippers get at
most places? Extra ingredients in the mashed potatoes,etc,?
8 posted on 04/26/2004 5:41:35 AM PDT by dwilli
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To: Ramtek57
Me thinks Ms. Theresa has our liberal attack dog on his very best behavior!
9 posted on 04/26/2004 5:43:25 AM PDT by STD
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To: Ramtek57
Who the hell is this waiter to say Kerry is a cheapskate? I'll bet he's saving his money so he can give it to charity ... oh, wait. Nevermind. My mistake.
10 posted on 04/26/2004 5:43:50 AM PDT by The G Man (John Kerry? America just can't afford a 9/10 President in a 9/11 world. Vote Bush-Cheney '04.)
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To: Ramtek57
Kerry understands that you peons will make up the difference, since he is a cheapskate.
11 posted on 04/26/2004 5:44:14 AM PDT by Piquaboy
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To: leadpenny
Plus servers and bartender's tips are taxable, leaving them with even less income.
12 posted on 04/26/2004 5:44:23 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Extremer than any Extremist!!!)
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To: Ramtek57
Oh come on, give him a break.
After all, he has no money of his own - it all belongs "to the family"!
Bwaaahahaha!!!

/obvious sarcasm off

13 posted on 04/26/2004 5:48:55 AM PDT by Condor51 ("Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments." -- Frederick the Great)
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To: Ramtek57
I know several multi-millionaires who are sick in the head because they are so cheap. They're worse off than if they were poor.
14 posted on 04/26/2004 5:51:43 AM PDT by Solamente
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To: Ramtek57
Robert F. Kennedy in church, didn't carry money, so one of his aides dropped some money in the basket for him. RFK says to him "Don't you think I would've given more than that?"

Wish I could find the link - not for lack of trying. I read it in a book review on RFK in the Economist about 2 years back. Still searching for it.
15 posted on 04/26/2004 5:52:58 AM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: Ramtek57
My son used to work at a club and so did his girlfriend, they told me that the people who never tipped were the rich ones, especially the kids of the rich! Only Kerry is not rich, never was, but the Kerry cow is very rich!
16 posted on 04/26/2004 5:55:26 AM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (aut viam inveniam aut faciam (where there is a will - there is a way)
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To: Ramtek57
You gotta remember, JFnK doesn't have millions, "the family" has it. Yeah, that's it, that's the ticket. JFnK has never had money, he relates to the common working man, in fact, he was born a poor black child.....
17 posted on 04/26/2004 5:55:29 AM PDT by machman
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To: dwilli
Extra ingredients in the mashed potatoes,etc,?

This conjures up all kinds of disturbing possibilities....LOL

18 posted on 04/26/2004 5:56:41 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind (We can't let Kerry win - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)
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To: Ramtek57
-a lousy cheapskate tipper! -- LOL, I am again applauding with my trusty flip-flops this morning....
19 posted on 04/26/2004 5:58:41 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Ramtek57
Bad tipping must be a democrat/liberal trait...remember the Clintons (especially Hillary) who never tipped, let alone paid for food on her Senate campaign excursions....they just expect the "little" people to serve only them....
20 posted on 04/26/2004 6:02:56 AM PDT by smiley
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To: smiley
I am far from rich, but I have lived off of tips, and I have sympathy for people who still do so.

Just occasionally, it's fun to leave an *insane* tip for really good service.
21 posted on 04/26/2004 6:08:28 AM PDT by Riley
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To: Ramtek57
There is just nothing positive to say about this man.
22 posted on 04/26/2004 6:28:46 AM PDT by Sangria
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To: Ramtek57
Not to place the halo too tightly on my head, but I always tip 20 percent, sometimes more. I know (as was noted in post #7) that waiters and waitresses depend on tips to make a decent income.
23 posted on 04/26/2004 6:32:00 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum
I tip IAW service. The old standard was 15% for good service - not the 20-25% figure some folks toss around today. For reasonably good service, I tip 15%. For excellent service, I tip 20-30%. For poor service, I leave a nickel so they won't think I just forgot to tip.

BTW - if the meal is cheap ($5-8), then I tip based on an absolute amount - usually $2-3 - rather than a percent.
24 posted on 04/26/2004 6:37:45 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: smiley
You are on to something. I've observed this trait firsthand by Libs. They seem to think the restaurant owners should simply pay their help a higher wage; no thought given to its effect on the price of meals.
25 posted on 04/26/2004 6:45:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Ramtek57
bump
26 posted on 04/26/2004 6:47:03 AM PDT by jonno (We are NOT a democracy - though we are democratic. We ARE a constitutional republic.)
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To: Condor51
Just like the SUVs, they are not his, they belong to his wife and family.
27 posted on 04/26/2004 6:47:11 AM PDT by Ramtek57
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To: Ramtek57
Typical limosine lib. Tight with his own money while spending the taxpayers' money like water.
28 posted on 04/26/2004 6:49:21 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Ramtek57
I wonder how much you'd have to tip to get a waiter to give the recipe for the famous Senate Dining Room Bean Soup. A closely guarded secret, I understand...
29 posted on 04/26/2004 6:52:02 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (I've told you a billion times: stop exaggerating!)
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To: TrueBeliever9
My son used to work at a club and so did his girlfriend, they told me that the people who never tipped were the rich ones, especially the kids of the rich! Only Kerry is not rich, never was, but the Kerry cow is very rich!

You don't get rich by giving it all away in tips. I hate tipping but see it as a necessary evil. Waiters and servers should be paid at least minimum wage so that a meal would actually cost the published price in the menu.
30 posted on 04/26/2004 7:04:51 AM PDT by LetsRok
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Senate Bean Soup (served on Mondays)

2 pounds of small Michigan navy beans
1-1/2 pounds of smoked ham hocks
1 onion
butter
Salt and pepper

Take two pounds of small Michigan navy beans, wash and run through hot water until beans are white again. Put on the fire with four quarts of hot water. Then add smoked ham hocks, boil slowly approximately 3 hours in covered pot. Braise one chopped onion in a little butter, and when light brown put in bean soup. Season with salt and pepper than serve. Do not add salt until ready to serve.

Serves: 8.


31 posted on 04/26/2004 7:06:15 AM PDT by Conservababe
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To: Ramtek57
Bob Dole was voted the best guy on Capitol by the staff in the annual awards, what a difference!
32 posted on 04/26/2004 7:07:07 AM PDT by threat matrix
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To: Ramtek57
Puh-lease!

Everybody knows that liberals/socialists are the most generous people in the world.......

When it comes to spending OTHER peoples money......

;-)
33 posted on 04/26/2004 7:07:30 AM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: mewzilla
"Typical limosine lib. Tight with his own money while spending the taxpayers' money like water."

For sure.

Liberals always excuse themselves from personally contributing their fair share. They reveal their own arrogance, as well, in that they feel their presence alone is enough of a generousity. 'Yes, you cannot take it to the bank; but I am a great memory'. . .

Personally, I would rather die poor, than be leave a cheap tip; and I think being generous with that tip is the fairest option for service.

. . .with no exceptions for 'who' you are.

34 posted on 04/26/2004 7:12:57 AM PDT by cricket (Terrorists are weapons of mass destruction. . .)
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To: Ramtek57
If the people don't pay their check they should be banned from the dinning room or at least have the cops arrest them for the old 'dine and dash' routine.
35 posted on 04/26/2004 7:25:11 AM PDT by Chewbacca (I think I will stay single. Getting married is just so 'gay'.)
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To: smiley
Liberals are notoriously generous with other people's money.
36 posted on 04/26/2004 8:03:11 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: Mr Rogers
I usually tip 20-25% and a minimum of $2.00. I know that a lot of people are feeding their families with those tips. I also figure someone has to make up for those who either can't afford to tip (which is why it's important to keep the price of meals down) and for those who are too cheap to tip.
37 posted on 04/26/2004 8:15:04 AM PDT by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing.)
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To: Ramtek57
I tip 15% for so so service and 20% for good service. On Holidays I tip 35% just because they do the work that day and I don't.
38 posted on 04/26/2004 8:24:51 AM PDT by CathyRyan
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To: Riley
Recently my friends and I went to this excellent Mexican joint near Baltimore that is fairly cheap but has great food. We ran up like $120 tab, between like 10 of us. My one friend who was leaving the country on business the next day paid for everybody, so we all still left like a $70 tip. I bet we made the waiters day.
39 posted on 04/26/2004 8:36:35 AM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: CollegeRepublican
I'm always aware that I can make a waiter, cab driver, etc., feel really happy for a moment with a tip that I won't even miss. I can remember the years when I stayed home with six children, and a few dollars meant a lot. I don't know how Kerry can be so stingy, when he has money to burn.
40 posted on 04/26/2004 9:24:46 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: CollegeRepublican
My one friend who was leaving the country on business the next day paid for everybody, so we all still left like a $70 tip. I bet we made the waiters day.

I'll bet you did! Cool! I love doing stuff like that.

Is this restaurant worth making a trip up from the DC area for?

41 posted on 04/26/2004 11:24:21 AM PDT by Riley
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To: TrueBeliever9
Oh I like that term - the kerry cow
42 posted on 04/26/2004 12:02:14 PM PDT by daybreakcoming
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To: LetsRok
You don't get rich by giving it all away in tips. I hate tipping but see it as a necessary evil. Waiters and servers should be paid at least minimum wage so that a meal would actually cost the published price in the menu.

Sorry your feel that way LetsRok. I enjoy tipping those who serve me, especially those who do it well, and most do it well! I see tipping as a way to bless someone and to sow into their life. The bread you cast upon the water always come back, as in you reap what you sow (the Law of Reciprocity). I generally know what the cost of my meal is going to be when I patronize a place; therefore, I am prepared to pay for it when the check arrives.

43 posted on 04/26/2004 12:03:11 PM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (aut viam inveniam aut faciam (where there is a will - there is a way)
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To: daybreakcoming
There really is a "Kerry Cow"; a darn good one and a darn good name before JFKerry's father hijacked it. Of course, now Kerry really does have a "Kerry Cow" and she is a darn good cash cow too!
44 posted on 04/26/2004 12:04:49 PM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (aut viam inveniam aut faciam (where there is a will - there is a way)
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To: Ramtek57
I don't know what's wrong with this waiter. Imagine the nerve of this guy, expecting a TIP when he should be thanking his lucky stars that he was actually allowed to serve the future (gag!) POTUS. </sarcasm
45 posted on 04/26/2004 1:45:33 PM PDT by Klatuu
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To: McGavin999
I always tip under the rule espoused by Vinnie (Steve Martin) in the movie "My Blue Heaven". "Remember, its not how much you tip, its how my you over tip."

I generally tip most service providers (except for fast food places), the barber, the cleaner, etc. I have found that the few bucks I've tipped, that probably would have ended up behind the couch cushions, generally assure that I get treated like royalty the next time I am in their establishment.

46 posted on 04/26/2004 8:53:37 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (I am thankful for government waste. Just think if we got all the government we paid for.)
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To: KC Burke
he was between sugar momma #1 and sugar momma #2; so
he didn't have any walkin' around money.
47 posted on 04/26/2004 10:59:22 PM PDT by smonk
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To: Ramtek57
This book was written in 1997......and Kerry doesn't give to Charity until it's an election year....PHONY jerk...yet he's the Perfect Democrat.
48 posted on 04/27/2004 10:34:58 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: GeronL
He must have gotten advice on how to deal with the help from Teresa.
49 posted on 04/27/2004 10:36:12 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: TrueBeliever9
Kerry was born into a family of privilege....he was NOT poor. He's just got a poor spirit.
50 posted on 04/27/2004 10:37:07 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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