Weeks after Jewish food commentator David Sax defended the 15 percent tip, City Room’s “Complaint Box” column now runs one Steven Jay Weisz’s grousing about the time this waitress short-changed him four cents. As if the complaint itself weren’t petty enough (does he ask for his small change every time a cabbie rounds up?), he calls it “the Great Roundup,” a term used for the 1942 arrests of Jews in France. Not exactly the phrase we would’ve used. The Times may want to heed the commenter who asks, “How come stories like this reinforce the worst stereotypes about certain ‘ethnic groups’” and make sure the next inane complaint about tipping comes from a gentile.
Complaint Box | Exacting Change [Diner's Journal/NYT]