Bartender/Blogger Claims Ruben Patterson Is A No Tipping Cheap Bastard

ruben-patterson-tipping-habitsIt’s either a slow day or a really good story when former NBA baller Ruben Patterson makes his way onto Busted Coverage.

In this case, it’s a good story.

Brad at the sports blog Twin Killing happens to work as a bartender in Cincinnati when he’s not pumping out prose. Here is what he wrote yesterday about a recent cheap bastard tipping moment with Patterson and his boyz.


Brad claims:

A few Sundays ago Ruben Patterson (weighing a good 260) and his crew strolled into my bar, ordered Goose and Patron like the plane was going down, ran up a $209 bill…and tipped us Zero Dollars and Zero Cents.

And then defends his claim:

(Note: I didn’t take the picture of Patterson’s receipt, which explains why his signature isn’t in the photo. (1.) If you really need me to, I can produce the copy with his signature. (2.) His middle name is Nathaniel, which is represented on the bill by the letter “N,” just another way prove the legitimacy of this post. (3.) Why am I going out of my way to prove the legitimacy of something [i.e., being stiffed by a scumbag millionaire] everybody already believes?)

Now we want to take the high road and say Patterson left some cash on the table. Maybe he left 15% or two $20s.

Is it possible Ruben ordered his boys to take care of the staff and was fresh out of bills? Um?

But in the end a former NBAer who was at one time worth millions left a blogger/bartender wondering if he was going to be able to pay his Internet provider. That is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated by Brad’s brothers in type.

What are we going to do about it? We haven’t gotten that far yet.

Know a good story about athletes piss poor tipping habits? Send us an email.


[Ruben Patterson Doesn’t Tip – Twin Killing]



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  1. Jay says:

    Maybe the service warranted no tip.

  2. Ron Jeremy Stunt Dou says:

    Bad service for a baller?

    Yeah, that would be a smart move. Hmm, let me see, I'll give him shitty service because I know he won't tip.

    Or the alternative….I'll bust my ass because I know this guy pisses through $100 bills to impress ladies.

    C'mon Jay. You aren't that dumb are you?

  3. phil says:

    I sincerely would hope that these idiots learn something. If you are a "celebrity", it's all the more reason you should tip;not because you are wealthy, but because your ass will wind up on the internet identified as a jerk. Thank G_d we have the internet today and can call these people out.
    I taught my young daughter this: "If you can't afford a tip..You can't afford to eat out!" It proves the fact that money can never buy class. Folks, the service may be poor, but the waiter/waitress may have nothing to do with that. (could be the kitchen.) The waiter/waitress..waited/SERVED you and their income is dependent upon tips.
    If you really can't afford a tip, then just order coffee, and leave an extra dollar on the table. Like Spike Lee says…"Do the Right Thing!"

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