Charlize Theron left a $96 tip on a $3.75 purchase at Pinkberry: nice?


Here are some new photos of Charlize Theron, out and about in LA on Tuesday. These are the first photos (that I’ve seen) of Charlize since her whirlwind trip to England last week. And by that I mean these are the first photos I’ve seen since she compared gossip about her personal life to “feeling raped” in a TV interview. Charlize has not issued any kind of clarifying statement or apology about her comments. Which… I mean, I thought her comments were idiotic, but I kind of like that she hasn’t offered some “sorry you were offended” apology. She’s owning it. And maybe by owning it, people will just move on? I mean, we haven’t talked about her comments in the days following the interview.

Anyway, Charlize stopped by Pinkberry – you can see the little yogurt in her hand in one of the photos. As it turns out, Charlize wasn’t carrying any cash or credit cards when she got her yogurt. The Pinkberry clerk let her take her yogurt and Charlize promised to return and pay for the snack. Here’s what happened:

Charlize Theron had a Pinkberry worker thinking she got screwed — the Oscar winner promised to come back to pay her bill, and even though it seemed touch and go for a while … Charlize eventually came through with a HUGE tip.

Here’s what went down — an employee at Pinkberry in Hollywood says Charlize came in Tuesday afternoon, but when it came time to pay her $3.75 tab … she plead poverty, saying she didn’t have money on her.

The employee, Keila, says Charlize promised to come back, but more than an hour passed before Charlize returned (with Sean Penn, no less).

Charlize plays it cool on the way out, but right after that Keila showed us why it was worth the wait — CT left a Benjamin for the $3.75 bill!

[From TMZ]

That’s nice. I like hearing about big tippers. That being said, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves when someone doesn’t carry any kind of cash or credit card and then they’re like “surprise!” when they want to order some food or something. That’s so foreign to me – how can you even leave your house (and get in a car!!!!) without carrying your wallet? In addition to that peeve, I’ll share another one: I dislike it when people don’t carry any cash for their less-than-$10 purchases. Don’t whip out your check card for a $3 purchase!! WHY NOT CARRY CASH?! My mom is like that – she pays for everything, however small, with her check card. It drives me up the wall.

PS… A lot of people think Lainey’s new blind item is about Charlize. I’ll admit, Charlize is the first person who came to my mind too. Does Charlize have a nose-candy problem?


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  1. Lucy2 says:

    I’ve gotten up to a register and then realized my wallet was not in my purse- embarrassing!
    That’s nice that she came back and left such a big tip. She does have a bitchy rep but at lease she didn’t feel entitled to a freebie.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      That happened to me once on a huge grocery shopping day. I had taken my wallet out of my purse to buy something on line and forgot to put it back. It was very embarrassing and they were not very nice about it, even though I came back in ten minutes. I understand why they were annoyed, but I was mortified and apologetic and I think they could have at least tried to be polite and professional. The person who was the most inconvenienced was the woman behind me in line and she was very sweet about it.

      It was very nice of her to leave a big tip.

      • Tx says:

        Me too! Ugh it was so awful! I feel so much better seeing this has happened to a few others out there, though! Haha

      • bluhare says:

        Me too, GoodNames, and not too long ago either. Same thing; was shopping online and left my wallet on my desk. The store was really nice; pended the sale, and let me come back and pay. I was mortified!

      • Marigold says:

        That’s really crappy of the store. That happened to me once and they just loaded my groceries, put them to the side and when I came back and paid, they gave me the cart. Seems simple enough to me.

      • FLORC says:

        I’m with you all. I changed “handbags” and forgot to swap out my wallet to do a grocery shop. The clerks were nice enough to my face and put the food aside, but I was so ashamed and raced home to grab my wallet.

        And I am the person who pays in cash, but then winds up with a wad of $1′s in my wallet. I’m not paying a machine with all singles. Too much of a hassle for the cashiers. So I use my cards and buy $3 items with it. It’s just so easy.

    • LadyMTL says:

      It happened to me once that I left my wallet at home and I was mortified when I went to get a muffin and coffee and had no way to pay for it. Now I keep my debit card separate from my wallet and that way I always have some “cash” on hand.

      And yes, I think it’s very nice of Charlize to leave such a massive tip, especially considering the favor that the staffer did.

    • MrsB says:

      Yep I did that once at the grocery store and it was when my son was only 2 weeks old. Halfway through the line, he decided he was hungry and started screaming all while the clerk was checking me out and then I didn’t have my freaking wallet. Needless to say I was so embarrassed and left in tears. I can finally look back at that day and laugh 6 years later, ha!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      That’s totally happened to me too..on a few different occasions where I switched out my bags and forgot to switch out my wallet as well. I can guarantee that this is what happened to Charlize, since we all know she has the money to pay for a Pinkberry.

    • delorb says:

      It took her a long time to get back to the store. In the time between getting her item and coming back about 90 minutes had passed and the clerk had talked to TMZ. I’m thinking TMZ called Charlize’ people with questions, someone realized it would make her look bad and she returned to save face. She did NOT look pleased.

  2. paola says:

    I’ve been a waitress for a long time in my life and this puts Charlize in a good place in my book.
    I hate rich and stingy people.

    • RobN says:

      I do, too, but at some point it’s just stupid and show-offy. A $20 tip cause they helped you out? Very cool. $100 on a $4 purchase just makes it look like you want to get noticed.

      • Lizzy1013 says:

        I don’t think the $100 tip was showy at all. The employee put her self on the line… If Charlize didn’t come back, she might have had to pay for that yogurt. I bartend and if I open up a tab for someone without a credit card and they walk out, guess who is paying for those drinks? Me. With the regulars you don’t like to ask for a card to start a tab. If they have too many and walk out ( usually by mistake), we have to pay for it and collect the next time they come in. Even if they start a tab with a credit card and walk out, if the card get declined, guess who is coughing up the cash?

        Sorry, rant over haha. But I think it was perfectly acceptable to give a generous tip regarding the situation.


      • FLORC says:

        Have you thought maybe she paid with a $100 bill and simply didn’t want to deal with the change?

        Once the money is out of my hand I become very lazy about wanting it back or dealing with change. And it’s an ego boost.

    • Angie says:

      SAME! I’m sorta “Meh” about Charlize most of the time. I’ve been side-eyeing her over her rape comment and the fact she’s dating Sean Penn. But this helped bring her up ALOT in my book. I think anyone that has waited tables understands. lol

  3. Abbott says:

    I think most of them have a nose candy problem. I’m not sure why Lainey felt the need to write a blind about it, other than to show off (as usual).

    • lana86 says:

      she sure looks gorgeous for someone who’s a smoker and an addict… if that is true

      • mimif says:

        No kidding. As someone who has indulged in quite a few things over the years, and quite regularly, it’s not as easy keeping up appearances anymore. Look at Kate Moss for example. I mean, she still looks great, but you can see it’s there. Charlize looks a bit fresh still, but who knows? Maybe she’s one of the very few who can maintain.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        It takes a toll for sure. She does not appear to be someone who has a drug problem but who knows?

        I could see her being a recreational user who has never and may never reach the level of addict.

      • Bucky says:

        I have a couple friends who are in their late 30s, look phenomenal, beautiful skin, in shape, work out almost every day, and are regularly taken for people in their 20s. And they’ve been doing cocaine recreationally for at least 15 years, probably more. I think it depends on the person and the level of junkiness. Like, they’re not cracked out 24/7 like Lohan, but they are doing lines 3-5 times per month, on weekends and such. They’re all nice people who hold down good jobs, have nice, clean homes, etc. I just stay away when they’re doing coke or rolling or whatever, because they get annoying, but damn, they look good!

      • Isadora says:

        What Bucky said. It’s obviously a dangerous route (for example if you have an addictive personality it can go LiLo very fast), but some people manage to do coke only for big events, tv shows, etc. Kind of like an extra strong coffee.

        It’s weird to me as I’d never touch that stuff, but alas… I’d say most of Hollywood has done it at some point. Lainey’s blind didn’t seem really shocking to me.

    • InvaderTak says:

      Yeah I don’t buy 90% of blinds. It’s just to easy to make them up. Don’t get why so many people believe them.

      And good on CT. at least she isn’t a twit to the regular people.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      Yeah, I’m not saying it’s not entirely possible, but Lainey seems to carrying a real grudge towards Charlize. It sucks if she is a b*&ch but it hardly makes her unique in Hollywood, I think she lacks the ability to put on much of a fake front. Which I kind of admire, she was not particularly likeable on Graham Norton last week but nor was she overly phony or try hard either (cough Tom Cruise). Someone like her bugs me a lot less than Reese Witherspoon, whose entire persona is clearly b.s. Charlize is an amazing actress so I’m willing to cut her some slack, I mean the Sean Penn thing is gross but she’s always been weird with her b.f. choices. I highly doubt she’s a hardcore coke head either, her nose would be shot to pieces by now would it not? Why pointedly do a blind about Charlize and none of the other, more heavily known/rumoured A listers with class A habits? It’s just kind of lazy/boring blind vicing imo.

      • Abbott says:

        Mrs Darcy, that’s a good point about the lack of blinds about the other users. I remember she always described Charlize as cold, but I can’t recall any kind of specific beef with her. I’m not discounting what you’re saying, just doesn’t ring a bell yet.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Lainey is like that about a lot of celebs. Once she decides not to like you, that’s it.

      • Bridget says:

        Charlize has a rep for being “difficult” and has for a long time. Warm and fuzzy she is not. As for the rest – she’s been around Hollywood for a long, long time, so clearly if she does have a problem with the drugs she at least knows how to keep it manageable.

      • Ctkat1 says:

        Re: Lainey’s grudge- She interviewed Charlize on a red carpet at some point and apparently Charlize was a huge bitch. I also think there might have been a story on her site about watching Charlize be a big bitch at a restaurant years ago and Stuart Townsend apologizing to staff on her behalf when she left? I can’t remember if that was Charlize and I’m on my phone so can’t check it, but I think so. Either way, Lainey has described Charlize as a bitch for years.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        As mentioned downthread, she has written a few times about Charlize being an ice cold snooty type to press, incl. herself, and other plebs. I think Lainey does blinds well generally, in that they are clear cut, with a few heavy hints and generally solid. I hate frigging loop de loop triple conspiracy the butler did it my brain hurts now type blinds). But the substance of this one for me is just a bit blah/thin. I kind of like that Lainey has favourites, she is open enough about them and you know where you stand with her despite this. It makes her own savage b**tchery at times that bit more palatable (I mean, do Shelfy and Porny ever read her? I would cry!). She treads a very smart line in gossip though generally. And she does occasionally change her mind, she went from loving Johnny Depp wholeheartedly to complete head shaking grossed out-dom like many of us, she can admit when someone has just fallen off course totally.

      • Patty Cake says:

        I hope Lainy is wrong for the sake of CT’s young son. He’s so precious, all children are, and he deserves t be raised by a mother with healthy habits. Kids are greatly influenced by their parent’s behavior. It is important for her to set a good example for him. I’ve always liked CT, and this makes me like her even more. Tbh, I am a little concerned about Penn’s possible influence on Charlize’s kid. I do believe that he probably does take part in recreational drug use and hope Charlize will be careful that her son doesn’t see it.

      • Bridget says:

        Part of why I read Lainey is that there are very few sources for actual gossip any more, she’s one of the only games in town. For the most part sites do a rundown on stories that are already out there – there’s very little of the real dirt being slung any more. Rush & Molloy and Ted Casablanca are long gone, E! has been taken over by the K ardashians, Page Six is almost incomprehensible, People is what it is, and of course there are a whole bunch of low-rent gossip sites like CDAN and Perez (ugh). And I love Lainey’s unabashedly feminist take.

      • Abbott says:

        Got it now. Thanks, all! I’m perturbed why this is a blind as well. Lainey has never had a problem blowing her b*tch whistle at various celebrities before and TBH, it’s not even that interesting of a blind.

      • Bridget says:

        @Abbott: it’s probably blind because of the illegal nature of the allegation of cocaine use. It’s kind of like how people made a lot of insinuations about Zac Efron after the bridge incident but very few flat out said he had to be there for drugs.

  4. Chris says:

    My pet peeve is loud talkers. Why do I need to hear someone from across the road when the person they’re talking to is two feet in front of them?

    Oh yeah, and good on Charlize. She lives to give.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I have extremely sensitive hearing and I work with a loud talker in a VERY small office and it is TORTURE.
      She literally screams…how can you have ZERO awareness of how loud you are??

      • Bucky says:

        I am a loud talker and I try really hard not to be. It drives my sensitive-eared sister nuts. I’ve had chronic ear and sinus issues since … forever. I don’t have real hearing loss, but my sinuses are so bad (and yes, I’m on two different prescriptions just to make them manageable), that often, they affect my hearing.

        Every now and then, my sinuses and ears will clear completely, and at those times, I can’t believe how loud the world is. Most of the time, though, I just can’t hear how loud I am.

      • Ange says:

        Bucky I’m like you, I have tinnitus and terrible sinus issues. I try very hard but sometimes I just don’t notice how loud I’m talking until it’s pointed out to me. At least I work alone most of the time lol.

        One of my biggest pet peeves is hawking and spitting like mentioned below. Soooo gross on an aural and visual level!

    • kellybean says:

      I am with you, Chris. I work in an office and I had to be moved because the people that have offices (with doors they can close) always had their radios on loudly, even when they weren’t there, and the minions in the cubicles (me!) had to deal with it. Idiots. I also hate hearing the bass in people’s cars. Drives me up the wall!

      • mayamae says:

        I hate the bass in cars as well. It feels like I’m going to have a panic attack. Also with any loud monotonous sounds – Harleys (hate them!), gas-powered edgers.

        Also hate people who wait until their entire grocery cart has been scanned, bagged, and placed in their cart before taking out their check books and slowly filling out a check. They act surprised that they’re expected to pay for their groceries.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      yesssss! I want to throw a bucket of cold water on them.

    • Mingy says:

      UGH me too! My neighbor has long, loud ass conversations right in front of my apartment door.
      LOL Mitch Buchanan, I want to do that too!

    • Abbott says:

      Misophonia = the hatred of sound.

      For me it’s people chewing, sniffing, and especially snorting. When people suck in their snot through their nose and you can hear it rattle their nasal passage before they swallow it. I want to deadlift my whole office into rubble when my coworkers do that.

      • Lexie says:

        Oh god the snorting! I’m with you on that.

        I worked with a woman for a few months, and she was pregnant the entire time. She would snort CONSTANTLY throughout the day, and I couldn’t say anything because she was pregnant and no one would have backed me up.

  5. PunkyMomma says:

    I thought royalty were the only persons who never carried cash? Nice tip, though. And I totally buy the blind being Charlize – helps me accept the Sean Penn romance. 🚬🍏 (bad attempt at apple bong.)

  6. redsox says:

    That was really nice of her.

    As for the comments: I think her promotion for A Million Ways to Die in the West is over, so she doesn´t have to go on an apology tour like Jonah Hill. Her comments are still disgusting to me but she got away with it and it didn´t really blow up – so she kept quiet.

    • Dinah says:

      Essentially what I came to say… image rehab, first steps.

    • grabbyhands says:

      Ding, ding, ding!!! I hate to be cynical, but that’s the first thing I thought too. I’m glad the worker got a big tip, but this was all about image rehab.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yup, my thoughts exactly but not “free” if she gave out a hundie.

      Also, doesn’t change the bottom line that the Pinkberry employee had a great day because of her.

    • starrywonder says:

      Yep. I am a cynical asshole for real and I thought the same thing. Positive PR and she doesn’t have to talk about the rape comments. And this is not the first time a blind has come out about Charlize being a major asshole to people.

    • FLORC says:

      Agree with everyone in comment #7!

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Is it Charlize who called TMZ? No!
      The girl deserved a tip to “help” her! She had a big tip!

      You want to be cynical….Angelina Jolie is the one who doesn’t want that her kids are actors BUT in same time,her kids are in her movies
      Angie wants to protect her kids of the media but they went to her premiere very publicly or she poses with them in magazines

      Your fav JLaw is the one who wants to ban fat shaming but in same time,she didn’t want to kiss Christian Bale because he was fat.It’s the same person who says to have social anxiety and who talks trash about shy peoples

      • TG says:

        Oh my gosh @I’m French Don’t Kill Me – I agree with you 100%. It seems most celeb parents constantly put it out there that they don’t want their kids to be actors and then turn around and put them in their movies, let them model or walk red carpets with them. Julia Robers moved away from Hollywood to raise her kids then came back. Demi Moore famously left Hollywood to supposedly give her kids a good upbringing. Look who came back in a most pathetic way. Sandra Bullock threatens to leave acting if her son asks her to or of she sees it is hurting him. I love Sandy but she is a big fat liar just like the rest of them. They can’t live more than a week without attention. And they want nothing more than for their kids to run Hollywood one day. Although a part of me thinks they don’t want their kids to be actors is because of their egos. They have to be the center of attention and if their children start getting it then that is bad.

  7. GiGi says:

    I like big tippers, too. And I also don’t understand how you’re out of your house without your wallet? Really? BUT! I never have cash. Ever. Because I’m a small business owner and I do all of our finances online, it makes categorizing expenses so much easier than if I pay cash for things.

  8. lucy says:

    Yes, she won’t apologise. I didn’t think she would, as she seems the type to just move on.

    That blind does sound like her, but Lainey has a vendetta against her after getting snubbed years ago, so I’d take it with a pinch of salt. I don’t really think she has any sources on the scene anyway.

    • Rhea says:

      I have not heard about Lainey getting snubbed by Theron. That’s something new for me. What’s the story about?

      • lucy says:

        I don’t remember to be honest, but I think she ignored her on the red carpet when Lainey tried to interview her.

        Lainey on Charlize-

        “A mega, mega, mega bitch. Trust me, I’ve seen it. My colleagues have seen it. Like, it’s breathtaking what a f-cking bitch she is, even in an industry full of crazy ass goddamn bitches.”

        Not sure if she ever gave details on why.

      • Rhea says:

        @Lucy : Thanks. I do remember Lainey said Charlize is a mega bitch, but not that she got snubbed by Charlize on the red carpet.

    • Rando says:

      Yeah how does anyone know her sources are real/legit? Remember how she was saying how solid Gwyneth and Chris Martin were at the beginning of the year? And then a month later they announced their divorce.

      • Abbott says:

        I *think* Lainey has said she won’t post a blind or breaking gossip without confirmation from two sources.

        She’s often wrong, but the readers tend to forget that since she makes sure to shove it in your face everytime she’s right.

      • cr says:

        And even with multiple sources she still ends up being wrong in many cases. I don’t know if she’s making stuff up or her ‘sources’ are lying to her.
        I do think she does get some stuff correct, but that may be luck more than anything.

      • nico says:

        Why does Lainey openly talk about some celebrities drug problems but make other stories into blind items?

        Gossip writers write blind items when the sources are not as legit and they want to be really careful legally about how they give the information. Would that be an accurate way to describe blind items?

      • Bridget says:

        Lainey is more likely to have legit sources than most of the other gossip bloggers because she’s also an entertainment reporter,so she legitimately has connections. I’d take her over a Perez Hilton or a Blind Gossip or (ugh) CDAN, no small part because she actually puts her own name in front of it. As far as Charlize snubbing Lainey – Lainey’s usually pretty forthcoming with stories of who snubs and who’s nice (and she usually finds the snubs more interesting), and I don’t think there have been any specific stories about Charlize. I find it interesting how people are so willing to blow off this story because they don’t like the source, and yet happily cite the fact that Scarlett Jo dated Sean Penn as evidence of a major personality flaw.

        As far as the rest – remember, Abbott can’t stand Lainey and doesn’t have the most objective viewpoint there. Lainey’s had some good blinds and sources over the years, but I’m pretty sure even she would tell you not to take anyone’s word as gospel. Blind items are always intended to be taken with a grain of salt – they’re usually too salacious or can’t be backed up by multiple sources on the record. Personally, I’ve always wanted to know the dirt on Teddy C’s Blind Items – which were real, which were made up.

    • Mimi says:

      Yeah I don’t know if it’s true or not but I think it’s definitely Charlize. The “tall beauty” part sealed it for me. The only other tall, super famous actresses are Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lawrence and those things don’t really apply.

      • TG says:

        I think the blind is about Uma Thurman. Remember the blind that came out shortly before Uma’s pregnancy was announced and it was about a pregnant celeb who does a lot of drugs and now she is pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby? Lainey confirmed that was about Uma and when I read this new blind yesterday Uma came to mind. I think we all want it to be about Charlize because that would be more exciting gossip-wise. I guess we will see though who it is soon enough. Lainey usually reveals her blinds with very obvious hints eventually.

      • Kate says:

        The part about awards doesn’t really apply to Uma though, other than a small role in a Lars Von Trier movie she hasn’t done anything notable since Kill Bill a decade ago. I thought it might be Robin Wright (also known for being a bitch and she’s winning awards for HoC) but the blind implies the actress has a young child/children. I think it has to be Charlize.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        @TG I don’t think would Lainey repeat an Uma blind with a similiar themed but less juicy one. The blinds are only similiar in terms of the drug, the earlier blind was all about the messy, out of control heavy usage between the person as well as their partner (Charlize did not have one at the time) that led to an accidental pregnancy (cue Uma getting pregnant in her early 40′s with a shady on/off b.f.). This blind indicated the person only recently has (presumed) parenting responsibilities, which is a better fit for Charlize as Uma has been a Mom for well over a decade. Also the fruit clue which could be a ref. to Charlize being pictured with an apple bong.

  9. smee says:

    All these H’wood types need to be handing out $100 bills at all times. If you’re carrying a purse that cost $50K, then yeah, it should be filled with $100 bills to hand out as tips :0

  10. Tiffany27 says:

    That Lainey blind is totally about her. Which makes me sad for some reason.

  11. merski says:

    I’m one of those people guilty of paying for almost everything with a card. But that’s because I live or stay in coutries in which barely anyone uses cash anymore and paying with a card is very quick and unproblematic (electronic cash or pay pass).
    However, I do get annoyed with myself every once in a while when I cannot find any change for a bus ticket or a stick of gum. It’s a sickness!

  12. Shijel says:

    Dumb question, but I don’t know what’s it like in the US. Do you not pay with debit cards? I don’t mean credit cards, but debit cards? Because here, when someone tries to offer cash, I mean it’s accepted but you’ll get a few evil eyes while doing it. I’m curious.

  13. Rhea says:

    I don’t like to use a card unless it’s a big purchases. But I’ve seen lots of people using their card for small purchases like one doughnut that cost only 99 cents.

  14. launicaangelina says:

    I don’t agree with the cash pet peeve. I used to be a bartender and carried cash all the time. I spent cash very easily and often couldn’t recall where a lot of it went. Now, I pay with everything with my card. I can account for almost every single dollar.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Yes! It’s Charlize who called TMZ!
      In fact except here ,everyone yet forgot what Theron said

      • Bridget says:

        You know its entirely possible that her people pointed TMZ toward the girl who got the tip, right? It’s like when the Church of Scientology helped set up all those weird rescues for Tom Cruise over the years. Hollywood is CUTTHROAT and people really do these crazy things for publicity. You’re using the fact that the Pinkberry person was the one who spoke to TMZ as proof that Charlize or her people couldn’t possibly have ulterior motives,, when it really proves nothing of the sort.

  15. eliza says:

    Well she can afford it. A little overkill which was probably due to her latest comments where she stuck her foot in her mouth, so the obvious publicity and the subtlety of it would get her good press.

  16. Sandy says:

    I was working at a gas station once and this guy came in and put $1.80 of gas In his car just to get him home, but he only had a dollar on him (he thought he had more). He apologized profusely and I let it go since the little amount he put in proved to me that he wasn’t trying to pull a scam. He came back the next day to fill up his car and gave me a $20 tip for being so nice. I could tell he really appreciated it, and his gratitude was tip enough for me. I wish more people could show the same kind of compassion and gratitude in their lives. There are many scam artists out there, but there are also many people just having a bad day and hoping someone will give them a break just for once.

    • bluhare says:

      My pet peeve is people who pay for their coffee in Starbucks (and other places that swipe the card and don’t give you a a chance to write in a tip) with debit cards. They don’t leave any cash either. Yes, I check.

      This is not directed at those who live in non-tipping cultures. The US is definitely a tipping culture! My nieces were all waitresses and/or baristas at one time in their lives and they depended on tips.

      • TG says:

        Are you telling me I should leave a tip a Starbucks? If so how much? I nearly always tip 20% for all other services such as food delivery, hair cuts and color, massages, etc, even if I not happy with the service. Should I just put the money in the tipping jar? I usually give the person who hustles for me at Starbucks some cash for the holidays but I don’t tip on the regular there. Help me out!

      • GeeMoney says:

        As a person who used to work as a barista (albeit at Barnes and Noble, in which they make Starbucks coffee)… the people at Starbucks are well paid. They make anywhere between $10-15 an hour and get good benefits. They really don’t need the tips.

        Barnes and Noble baristas don’t make JACK. I made $7 an hour there many years ago and let me tell you, the benefits aren’t half as good and I used to get a quarter raise every 3 to 6 months. They are the people you should be tipping.

      • GiGi says:

        @TG – This is the debate for the ages, lol! My husband ALWAYS tips at Starbucks. I never do. I consider myself a generous tipper, usually. But at Starbucks, they are literally just doing their job. Taking my money and handing me a black coffee is not a tipable service, IMO. If they go above & beyond? Sure. But for a 2 minute interaction where I place my order and then take my coffee? Um, no.

      • Sighs says:

        Yep! sorry, I don’t tip at Starbucks as a general rule. I know plenty of people who work there. They are very well paid compared to most retail/ food places. Unless I’m ordering a few complicated drinks. This is their job. I used to fill in as a barista in a book store. It was a much easier job than the customer service I did in the same store, with no tips and a lot more grief.

      • bluhare says:

        I did say “and other places that swipe your card and don’t offer a spot to tip” in my defense re Starbucks. That being said, have you listened to people order drinks in Starbucks? I actually heard someone specify the degree of heat they wanted their drink to be the other day and pitched a fit about it too. You couldn’t pay me enough to work there.

  17. Sarah says:

    so did her cleaning ladies get the left over this time too? or was it too good for them? i mean its almost 4$.

    (if you dont know what i am reffering to: she said in her last interview “Then I tried, I said, ‘You know, I love my cleaning ladies, I’m gonna give-’ They wouldn’t even eat it. My dogs wouldn’t even eat it. I couldn’t get rid of the goddamned cupcakes in my kitchen”)

  18. aenflex says:

    When you’re that wealthy you probably have accounts at most of the places you shop.

  19. Sassenach says:

    Just to play devils advocate about Lainey, she didn’t get snubbed by Charlize. Charlize was at the premiere for her then boyfriend’s movie and was completely rude to many of the journalists there. While other people said maybe she was having an “off night” , Lainey didn’t cut her any slack and complained about her rudeness and unprofessionalism. Even after that she has not held that against Charlize and always compliments her on her beauty and acting so no, she does not have a vendetta against her. Lainey can be annoying, sanctimonious and wrong from time to time, but her blinds are always spot on.

    • nico says:

      …her blinds are always spot on.

      And you know this for a fact how? Most blinds can never be confirmed by the public.

    • Hannah says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Charlize was that way inclined.

      However, the blind says the actress keeps winning awards? And that her current boyfriend is her most steady – she dated Townsend for something like 9 yrs.

      So I don’t see how it applies to her.

      • TG says:

        I think the blind said the cocaine is her most steady relationship and that she does have a new man in her life. This might be referring to the fact that she has been doing coke for a very longtime since she and that hotty Stuart Townsend dated for 9 years. I might have interpreted it wrong though but that was my take.

  20. Sassenach says:

    Just to play devils advocate about Lainey, she didn’t get snubbed by Charlize. Charlize was at the premiere for her then boyfriend’s movie and was completely rude and bitchy to many of the journalists there. While other people said maybe she was having an “off night” , Lainey didn’t cut her any slack and complained about her rudeness and unprofessionalism. Even after that she has not held that against Charlize and always compliments her on her beauty and acting so no, she does not have a vendetta against her. Lainey can be annoying, sanctimonious and wrong from time to time, but her blinds are always spot on.

  21. Nicolette says:

    If she is the bitch that Lainey makes her out to be, then the whole Sean Penn thing makes some sense. He’s quite a bitch himself, so it figures they’d fit together well.

  22. FingerBinger says:

    Nice that Charlize came back and left a fat tip. As for the blind,a drug supplier with a loyal customer base that is naming names? Seems bad for business.

  23. GeeMoney says:

    “Does Charlize have a nose-candy problem?”

    Dude… doesn’t everyone do coke out there? The drug habits of celebrities really aren’t stories anymore. We all know they do that stuff, so…????

  24. Grant says:

    What’s wrong with using a credit card to pay for everything? I certainly do, even $3 purchases! I don’t have time to go to the ATM and pay a $2.50 surcharge just to get some WAM (walking around money).

    • shelley says:

      I agree. I almost never carry cash. My Amex is my best friend. I just pay that off once a month and don’t even have to carry my debit card that way. I carry one Visa as well, for the rare instance that someone won’t take Amex, but I do not carry cash unless I know I’m going to need cash tip money.

    • itsetsyou says:

      Same here! I don’t insist on paying with my card if the place only accepts cash for small purchases. In most big cities in the US it’s not a problem though and I rarely ever need cash.

    • bluhare says:

      I bank at a credit union and not only do they not charge to use their ATMs, they have agreements with other credit unions and 7-11′s to use their ATMs with no fees too. Credit card interest is much lower as well. I’m a huge fan of credit unions.

  25. itsetsyou says:

    I never carry any cash on me. That being said if I didn’t have my wallet after I ordered I’d just leave to get it, not expect people give me the purchase and wait for my money. There’s something like a sense of entitlement about what Charlize’s done, like “I’m a famous actress, you know who I am, of course you can give me stuff and of course I will pay later.” Tsk, tsk!

  26. shelley says:

    That blind is totally about Charlize. The mention of “fruit” gives it away for sure, as Charlize was papped smoking pot from an apple bong years ago. Plus she is tall and cool and bitchy. It’s totally Charlize.

  27. lrm says:

    I think this is just a PR stunt to detract from her recent bad press-the rape thing, the gluten free rudeness comments re: her ‘maids’, etc.

    Also, I found this tacky and showy-coming back and leaving that much =didn’t feel like a nice gesture for the inconvenience-felt more like a power trip: Donating to the lowly service staff.

    Charlize is gross to me-it was better when she rarely interviews or was in pap pics-all those years with stewart what’s his name. Then, people loved her, great actress, etc. Since she’s been all over the place, I am not a fan. ick. I think she’s nasty and kind of an a-hole. Not that she needs to be otherwise, but never understood how people always talked about how great she was/is. She IS beautiful and flawless on the red carpt as far as style. But that doesn’t make her a great human.

    • Camille (The Original) says:

      Agree with you completely.

    • FingerBinger says:

      @Irm Charlize always does a bunch of interviews when she has a movie out. She was all over the place when Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus came out too. She even did a ton of interviews when she was with Stuart Townsend.How was tipping a power trip? She didn’t have any money,the girl behind the counter was understanding and she was rewarded for it. People in the service industry appreciate large tips in case you didn’t know that. How you are able to turn this into something negative is kind of baffling. Your comment makes you sound really bitter and jealous.

  28. June says:

    As someone who’s worked in retail, I always preferred when customers paid with their credit card, no matter the amount. It’s easier to just swipe a card and send them on their way than to have to enter the amount of cash given, open the drawer, count out the change and hand it over to them.

  29. Daria says:

    This story seems planted.

  30. Mean Hannah says:

    She could have given the employee a $ 20 and it would have been just as nice, but Charlize can afford it and I bet the employee didn’t mind the over-generous tip at all.

    I used to carry a $20, hidden in my wallet at all times and no other cash. Not for spending, but for in case I get held up. It was a tip I received at my job – that way, it’s something for the robber, but not so much loss for you. Not having any cash could make the robber angry and or violent. I stopped doing this when I got held up at gun point, while on vacation. I never got held up on my job.

  31. annaloo. says:

    Oh my goodness, bless that worker who got that tip! I thought of Charlize for Lainey’s blind item too, and I kept thinking “when people leave that kind of crazy tip, sometimes it’s out of generosity, but a lot of the times it’s bc they are high or drunk as fuck!”

    We know Charlize likes her smoke, so who ‘nose’ about her powder!

  32. K says:

    I think the blind item is about January Jones.

  33. Camille (The Original) says:

    No doubt this story is to try and counter the negative stories about her lately.

    And as for Lainey’s BI, I believe it is Charlize and I believe the story. Look at who her friends are…

  34. Ice says:

    Another way for celebs to work with brands. Richard Gere and the woman who thought he was homeless might have been another one. And more recently, Katie homes and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer.