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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods made an extraordinary statement today, taking full blame for his behavior and apologizing to his family, friends, fans and people who considered him a role model. I find it extraordinary because it seemed more about personal redemption than career redemption. I am already seeing pushback to this view and I understand that some will see it as a craven attempt to control the story and a ham-fisted PR disaster. I disagree. I also think that the disclosure that he’s been in in-patient therapy explains his silence during the past three months. Rather than stonewalling, it’s been an attempt at personal responsibility and treatment.

What makes this germane to this blog, which is about waiting tables? Because Woods is notorious for being a bad tipper. I suspect that this is a combination of lack of social skills due to a total focus to golf from an early age, a lack of parental coaching about the basic social responsibilities (which might be exactly why he’s in the position that he’s in at the moment), and an arrogance that he himself implied during the statement.

I hope that part of his rehab is learning that fulfilling certain social contracts are important to maintaining a top-flight character, and tipping falls in that category. Sure, it doesn’t rise to the level of a commitment to spouse and children, but it’s a piece that he needs to find. He’s worked hard for his fortune so I don’t begrudge him that. But to exploit working food servers is pretty egregious, especially when you yourself are blessed with a huge fortune. The reports of his non-tipping are legion. I hope that the humility that’s being forced on him now will translate into better behavior at the dining table.

Tiger, time to take responsibility in all  areas of your life. Including taking care of those who take care of your dining needs.

2 responses to “Tiger Woods

  1. waiterextraordinaire February 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Didn’t know that. With his money that should not have been a problem tipping sufficiently.

  2. nativenapkin February 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Once a 10 percenter, always a 10 percenter. People, especially those with wealth (and, like Chris Rock says “I’m not talkin’ about rich, I’m talkin’ about wealth”) have a servant/master mentality when it comes to restaurant service. It is generally a learned behavior and not so easily changed.

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