Skip to comments.O’Donnell and the $9.99 Lunch Special — Liberals Can’t Get Anything Right
Posted on 01/09/2011 9:14:02 PM PST by Moseley
One of the more amusing examples of Left wing's hysteria over Christine O'Donnell is her January 28, 2009, meeting with a potential donor at Lone Star Steakhouse at 307 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware, where the bill totalled $22.16. For some reason, this one trivial expense has tongues flapping.
For liberal elitist expense accounts from New York City and Inside-the-Beltway, $22.16 is not enough for two people to eat. Therefore -- they wildly speculate without foundation -- O'Donnell had to be eating alone, not meeting with a potential donor as a "fund-raising expense." (Of course, not everyone present at a meeting necessarily would eat and some might choose to pay themselves.)
But in "fly over country" that liberals disdain, reality is quite different. The lunch special at Lone Star Steak House served from 11 AM to 4 PM daily runs from $6.99 to $9.99 -- including soft drink. The cost of salads, burgers, and sandwiches are comparable. See: http://www.DelawareNewsCenter.com/LoneStarSteakhouse.pdf
Therefore, two people at $9.99 plus tax and tip would come to just about $22.16.
O'Donnell declared privately in the first week of January 2009 that she was a candidate for the 2010 election for US Senate from Delaware, in permenantly recorded emails and in meetings with donors. Her meetings with potential donors starting on January 26, 2009, were and are legitimate -- and indeed frugal -- campaign expenses. Only in the snob world of liberal elites does wild speculation assume that $22.16 can't cover a meeting with a potential high-dollar donor.
That’s just nuts, but it is the left after all.
Tax, maybe, but not a tip. On a $20 check, a tip for decent service would be $3.00, and for great service, at least $4.00.
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I’m sure Republicans not tipping well has added to the vitriol of this nation and caused yesterday’s shooting.
As has been proved so many times: "Liberalism is a mental disease".
That said, elite republicans suffer from that same illness.
maybe one of them had the $6.99 lunch?
When I use my card to pay the tab, I often leave the tip in cash.
I eat at restaurants frequently, and only rarely does the amount of my tip (usually 15%) appear on the bill that my waiter/waitress presents at the conclusion of my meal. So why is it assumed that O’Donnell’s bill of some $22 and change included her tip?
I do also. Just got back from a casino. Paid my expenses on my debit card. Gambling and tips were cash.
There is no tax in delaware.
22 bucks? Pffft. That wouldn’t cover Nanzi Pelosi’s ice bill on the aft cocktail bar on her 767.
Incidentally, does Nanzi have to go thru the pornotron scanners at airports now?
If all the specials cost x.99 it’s odd the bill would end in .16 since there’s no tax in de.
-Either she used a 15-20% tip calculator and made it exact
-She ends all restaurant bills in .16
-maybe they are right.
how does “delaware” new center log not know that there’s NO tax in DE. Pretty shitty blog delawarenewscenter.com is
Excatly....$6.99+$9.99=$16.98. Assuming approximately 8.5% tax you have $18.43. With a 15% tip you have $21.19.
Ummm...looks pretty close to $21.16 to me...sheesh.
Libs are crazy...
It's easier to keep track of all expenses that way.
And even then...people do share/split meals. This is insane.
If we’ve learned anything from this, it’s that you’re obviously a very poor tipper. :)
With everything on the menu ending in .99 and .49 it is possible, but I can’t make it work. I can get it to 21.96 but not 22.16, using their menu. I am sure some prices have changed though.
I would never eat at a place that automatically charges me for tips. I assume these people get paid, I am far too poor to be doing that. They should be tipping me.
She had bad service and decided to tip the person accordingly....”get another job”.
So....the money adds up perfectly.
This fits with the DC elites mindset of what things cost in the US. I was first alerted to this when Obummer whined that Gibbs salary of $175K was meager. How out of touch.
These a-holes have no idea what is going on in the real country.
I dine for $12.25, including drinks when I got out to dine. This includes $9 food, $2 drink plus $1.25 in tips. So yeah, Christine O’Donnell could have had a meal for two for $20.00 plus tips at Applebees or TGI Friday’s. Middle class Americans don’t dine in gourmet restaurants! Someone has no idea of the culinary habits of flyover country denizens.
Where did she eat? At the Golden Dove Diner?
She sounds like a cheap skate.
True or false, considering Charlie Rangel’s shenanigans, this is comprehensively hilarious.
You just can’t make this stuff up .....
Eh, I could easily have two rather large enchilada meals with a drink for about 12 bucks here.
Tempest = Teapot.
Lone Star does a great steak salad.
One possible order: $7.99 meal for the candidate because she’s watching her weight, $9.99 meal for the guest, $1.99 ice tea, second drink at $2.19; total $22.16 and the guest picks up the tip. Of course, that requires no alcohol since alcoholic drinks are priced higher.
Dear Quot: Thanks for your analysis. You have contributed to annoying Melanie Sloan (CREW) and other liberals. I have added your analysis to the original post. So when liberals are annoyed, you can take satisfaction at having helped ruin their day.
Where is the criticism of O’Donnell’s spending? Who made the criticism? There’s nothing in your source to indicate that anyone ever actually said these things.
Tax, maybe, but not a tip. On a $20 check, a tip for decent service would be $3.00, and for great service, at least $4.00."Therefore, two people at $9.99 plus tax and tip would come to just about $22.16."
True - but then, I suppose you're a man, too. Christine O'Donnell is a woman - and women are generally not great tippers. At least so I read; I've never been a waiter.
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A 10% tipper...boy, I bet the waiters and waitresses just love you. If you start tipping more than 10%, I bet you'll find your iced tea glass gets refilled quicker, and more often.
As someone who put himself through college waiting tables and tending bar, I could write a book about all the things you don't see that service people do on a daily basis to make sure your ice tea is refilled, your ashtray is emptied, your meal is served hot, all the side work is done before you even get to the restaurant, etc. Accordingly, I tip 15% for adequate service and more for better service. If the service was lousy, I leave one penny...that's a well understood message for "hey kid, your service sucks, and you should seek work elsewhere".
Waiters and waitresses catch the blame for everything that goes wrong, and are often the person least responsible for it. The cook's having a bad day, the 16-year old hostess over seated your waitress's section because she's either not paying attention or just doesn't care, the manager is too busy dealing with the cook to get other waiters to help out, etc. In the end, the customer takes it out on the waitress, because "the service sucked". More often than not, your food was cold because of someone else's incompetence, yet the waitress or waiter goes home at the end of a hot, sweaty, greasy, miserable day with sore feet and $35.00 in his/her pocket.
When tipping the pizza monkey, same goes...15-20%. If your pizza's late, it's more often because the phone girl messed up the order, the cooks overlooked your order, or the store is slammed because the cheapskate manager under scheduled drivers. Also, do you think that $2.00 "delivery charge" goes to the driver? It doesn't. They may see 50 cents of it, or a buck if they're lucky. It's just another way for the store to jack up the price. So with gas as high as it is, a $1.00 tip doesn't cut it. Even back when it was under $2.00/gallon, a dollar tip was just enough to keep me from pulling the sign off the roof of my truck and telling the manager to shove it and the job up his stuffed crust.
It boils down to this, no matter what the situation is: if you want good service, you have to pay for it. Pizza monkeys know which houses tip, and which don't. Guess which pizzas get delivered first? Waiters, waitresses and bartenders know who the cheapskates are. Guess who's ice tea and coffee get refilled quickest? If you can't afford to have someone serve you, of if you're too cheap to pay for their service, do yourself and them a favor, and cook your own dinner. /rant
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I’m a middle class American, in flyover country, and outside of fast food, there aren’t any meals for $12 worth eating. Not that fast food is worth eating, but it’s well...fast. My wife and I eat at Friday’s almost weekly, as it’s adjacent to the movie theater. Typically for 2, we’re in and out somewhere in the neighborhood of $70.
It’s a coastal myth that those of us in flyover country prefer $9.99 buffets because we’re cheap and fat.
Also note, we tip 20%.
Agreed. If you can’t afford the tip, then you can’t afford the meal. But what do I know? I just learned that we don’t eat in Gourmet Restaurants in flyover country. All this time, I thought we were dining in some fairly nice establishments, but I guess not. To me, Applebees or Fridays is where you get a convenient meal that’s paletable. It’s not going out for dinner.
I think I'd sooner trust someone who had a patty melt and fries for lunch than someone who had humus.
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Now my wife and I don't disagree much but when we do, it's usually over tipping. I'm basically a 20-25% tipper and that's just for the waiter/waitress doing their job competently. That's because I know how hard they work having worked in the restaurant business for a few years as dishwasher, busboy, waiter and bartender.
However, my wife thinks anything over 15% is excessive, even if the waiter does cartwheels bringing us our drinks without spilling a drop. This is pretty typical of most women when it comes to tipping. For some reason, they just hate to tip. I'm thinking it's maybe because they cook and serve so many meals at home without getting tipped that they feel it's obscene to see their men tipping strangers for doing what they do at home for free. Maybe some of the women on this thread can chip in on this line of thinking.
I’m a woman - another woman and I had lunch today and I tipped $4 on a $14.97 check. Not all woman are cheap when it comes to tips.
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