I don’t want to oversell this, but Star Magazine has a really funny story in this week’s issue. The story is basically “The biggest celebrity penny-pinchers,” as in, stories about the cheapest celebrities out there. I love when Star compiles/makes up these kinds of stories and this one is fun because I consider myself a cheap person as well. Except that I’m also a pretty great tipper, unlike many of these people. Here are some of my favorites:
Gwyneth Paltrow is a terrible tipper. Goop has a reputation for leaving small tips because she claims she’s “bad at math.”
Jennifer Aniston never tips her psychic. Yes, Jennifer goes to a psychic, Fay Koliai, somewhat regularly. Jennifer pays Fay the flat fee, $150, but never tips. A source says: “Jennifer clearly thinks that Fay does a good job, because she keeps coming back for more – but it’s strange that she won’t leave a thank-you.”
Usher doesn’t even leave a tip. When he goes to dinner, he’ll just leave his autograph on a napkin for the server.
Robert Pattinson refuses to pay for haircuts. On more than one occasion, Rob has skipped out on paying for a haircut because… he didn’t want to pay. “Robert is beyond cheap. If he doesn’t have to spend money, he absolutely won’t. He hates putting his hand in his pocket, especially for grooming services.”
Mick Jagger is a terrible tipper. At a DC pizza joint, he left a $10 tip on a $90 check.
Kristen Bell goes for secondhand goods. She bought a mattress and bed frame second-hand and saved on delivery costs by loading it up herself.
Angelina Jolie makes her kids wear hand-me-downs. Angelina “makes it clear to her kids that they don’t need the nicest clothes. She wants them to realize that they are blessed compared to all the children suffering in the world.”
Katherine Heigl is a terrible person. She’s the person who will send food back multiple times because the meal doesn’t meet her standards, then she’ll leave little to no tip.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is a bargain hunter. She only flies on “cheaper days” and plans her family vacations around off-season destinations.
Jessica Alba won’t give freebies. The Honest Company makes a profit because Alba never sends out freebies to friends or celebrities. She doesn’t even send out samples to beauty editors or journalists writing about the products. A source says: “She was way more generous when she had less money. Now that she’s loaded, she’s holding on to every cent like it’s her last.
[From Star Magazine, print edition]
Some of these are no big deal – a family with six kids should do hand-me-down clothes. There’s nothing wrong with planning vacations around off-seasonal deals. I don’t even think it’s weird or wrong for Alba to refuse to send out freebies. But! I have a hard time forgiving stingy tippers specifically for waitstaff. I think it’s difficult for non-Americans to understand, but waiters and waitresses live on tips in the US. Very few establishments offer a living wage or even minimum wage to wait staff, so tips are all they have. And autographs are not tips. It’s also not acceptable to under-tip just because you’re too posh and elite to do math. Also: am I the only one grossed out by a second-hand mattress?
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.