Customer Leaves Nasty Job ‘Tip’ at Raymond, NH Restaurant
Celebrity Chef Bobby "The Butcher" Marcotte, the executive chef at the Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery in Raymond has a message for the person who left a snarky comment on the tip line of their receipt.
The restaurant posted a picture of the bill from Saturday, which totaled $32.70, and the message "get a real job" as a "tip." The name of the customer was cropped out of the photo.
"To the low life who found this witty, funny or in the least bit intelligent, I invite you back so I can sit and lecture you about how these 'fake jobs' at our restaurant feed humans, feed communities + feed humanity as a whole in so many various ways… even low life forms like you…. Kindly go f*^% yourself," Marcotte wrote on the restaurant's Facebook page and on his own.
The restaurant post received over 2,300 comments mostly critical of the customer.
Mike Somers, CEO/President of the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association told Seacoast Current it's unfortunate that someone would do that and that there is plenty of room for advancement and growth in the restaurant business like in other fields.
"There are a lot of folks who work in our industry who are hard-working professionals and certainly deserve a lot more respect than that. It's pretty upsetting and I understand where Chef Bobby Marcotte and the team are coming from," Somers said. "There's a lot of great careers in our industry, folks started in a position and worked their way up and it's a career like any other."
Somers said the message is especially discouraging as the hospitality comes off the worst period he has ever seen. Beyond the labor shortages that have driven up wages and forced cuts in hours of operation, there have been new challenges brought on by the pandemic.
"As we come out of this recovery we've got a lot of supply chain issues, a lot of inflationary issues. Food prices and the like have gone up pretty dramatically in some categories. There's just a ton of stresses and challenges the industry is facing right now," Somers said.
He is appreciative of all the support people have had for the industry he asked for continued understanding.
"A little patience goes a long way. We keep talking about 'We're all in this together,' and we're all taking care of each other and that kind of thing so it's really disheartening when you see that kind of reaction from somebody," Somers said.
Marcotte also owns Hop + Grind and sister coffee shop Rise + Grind in Durham which was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri on the Food Network. He has also appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and a Dives spin-off Guilty Pleasures, Tournament of Champions and Guy's Grocery Games.
Another Hop + Grind location will open in Portsmouth in 2022.
Jadd Naamani contributed to this report.