Follow Up of the Day: After that receipt allegedly attributed to a cheapskate banker with a disdain for the 99% began to make the rounds, The Smoking Gun thought it smelled a rat, so it picked up the phone and called True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach and inquired after the veracity of the bill.
Turns out, it’s not so much real as not real in the slightest.
According to a restaurant spox, the receipt has been quite heavily doctored. The original total, said Jami Reagan, was $33.54, not $133.54, and the tip was a generous $7 and change.
As you might have guessed, the incendiary “get a real job” was not scribbled on the original statement either.
As for “Future Ex Banker” — the banker’s alleged subordinate and the person responsible for bringing the receipt to the Internet’s attention — well, they’ve disappeared without a trace.
Could the restaurant be covering for the banker? Could “Future Ex Banker” have gone into hiding for fear of being unmasked and subsequently castigated by their superiors? Or perhaps, as Occam’s razor dictates, this is merely just another Internet hoax in a long list of Internet hoaxes.