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Jean-Claude Van Damme -- 4% Tipper

2/2/2011 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jean-Claude Van Damme dealt a low blow to his waiter at an L.A. nightclub -- tipping only $40 on a $940 bill ... and TMZ has obtained a copy of the receipt.

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It all went down at Drai's in Hollywood this past Sunday night. No word on exactly what the former action star ordered ... but upon racking up the hefty tab ... our source says JCVD dropped a tip that amounts to just over 4%.

We're told the wait staff was not pleased. No duh.

In fairness to Van Damme -- he's from abroad. Folks in Brussels don't live by the 15-20 percent rule. Calls to Van Damme and his people weren't returned.

UPDATE: A rep for Drai's says a 15% gratuity was included on Jean-Claude's tab ... and that his $40 was on top of that amount.



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61.

D Wayne    

I must come to JCVD defense here. I'm suprised he has ANY money for a tip!

1322 days ago
62.

BIG AL    

My ex wife did catering for movie productions way back and she told me Van Damme was a stingy, self centered punk who "ordered" her to his trailor for sex. She told him to "get bent".

1322 days ago
63.

lolumad    

waiters are overpaid crybabies. they piss and moan about their low wages but they bring home 1-300 a night and claim almost none of it on taxes. america is the only country that really tips anyway. im glad he takes a stand and doesn't pay the second food tax (on top of being charged a 400% markup to begin with). and finally, who is to say these people werent crappy servers?

i don't feel bad for them one bit. they are scrubs who are highly overcompensated considering most of them dont have an education. that included myself when i used to wait tables. quit crying.

1322 days ago
64.

Rocky    

OMG! You already spend a crap load on food. $40 dollars for one table. A lot of people try to make that amount in an 8 hour day alone. Stop the complaining if you do not like what you get, get OUT OF THE KITCHEN!!

1322 days ago
65.

NuBiXx    

WOW such BS $40 is a good tip, it isn't the customer job to pay your salary you don't like it I suggest you find a better job.

1322 days ago
66.

Andrew    

Take the $40 and STFU!

1322 days ago
67.

Happy Day    

Most restaurants and bars only pay about 1/2 of minimum wage, and the waiters/waitresses are expected to make up the difference in tips. In fact, most of the computer systems that the waiters use will automatically calculate a 15% tip on each transaction, and when these folks get their W-2's that 15% has been included in the wages earned. So, the additional 11% that JCVD did not pay, that waiter is going to have to pay in taxes on money he never received.

If the service sucked that's one thing...leave a tip that he/she deserves, but if it was good service pay the 15%...if it was exceptional service up it to 18-20%. It's easy for many to say that the restaurant should increase the pay, but guess who's going to pay for the increase in wages...YOU, because the prices on the menu will increase. So, you're going to pay one way or another.

Wait staff do a hell of a lot more than schlep drinks and food to ungrateful customers...they often clean the dishes, clean the tables, prep the restaurant before it opens, stay late to clean and prepare for the next day.

1322 days ago
68.

Cs    

he's paying over 900 for a meal, he shouldn't have to tip! The staff should be happy they even have a job, they just became spoiled by the rich

1322 days ago
69.

Chrissy    

$40 is a good tip for a waiter. Tipping is 100% based on the quality of the service. Nobody deserves a larger tip just because they work at a more expensive restaurant.

1322 days ago
70.

KC    

I don't understand how people believe they have some right to an automatic tip. it's just so damn stupid.

1322 days ago
71.

Lola    

GOOD! THIS PLACE HAS NEVER DESERVED ANY TYPE OF TIP...ESPECIALLY FOR THE DOOR GUYS! THEY ARE ALL MORONS, EVERYTIME!

1322 days ago
72.

Rico    

I would rather the restaurants increase the price of their food & pay their employees a decent wage than to continue to side-skirt minimum wage laws to pay their employees $2.25 an hour and socially force patrons to make up the difference in tips.

1322 days ago
73.

Quinn    

PUH-LEEZE - Van Damme has been in the states long enough to know that he's being a cheap bastard.

1322 days ago
74.

thomas Burns    

If you notice, the party was for 10 people. I would be that is 40 on top of the 18% already in the bill.

1322 days ago
75.

Thomas    

I don't care what he tipped. The guy just dropped $1000.00 at this restaurant and the waiter should be FIRED for taking a picture of this is sending it to TMZ. This gives this restaurant a Black Eye and if I was a celeb I wouldn't go here after this !!! People are so idiotic now a days .. you don't like the $40.00 tip then get another job !! Seriously should be fired !!!

1322 days ago
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