We’ve all heard of the stereotype of rich people treating people with less money as less than human. Unfortunately, it’s partially true. There are some celebrities who think that people with “regular” jobs don’t deserve to be treated like human beings. Some of these instances have been documented, and they change the way that these celebs are viewed in the public. In today’s society, celebrities are encouraged to be more relatable, so having a condescending attitude could actually affect a celeb’s career negatively.
The way someone (celebrity or not) treats “the help” says a lot about his/her character. Sure, celebrities are expected to leave huge tips when eating out or ordering a coffee, but treating people well goes beyond that. Some famous people have made ridiculous demands of employees and thrown adult tantrums when they didn’t get what they wanted fast enough. If this is the way some celebs behave in restaurants and retail establishments, working with them on the set of movies or music videos must be a nightmare. With that said, here are 12 celebrities who have been known to treat “the help” like garbage. We apologize if some of your favorite stars “made the cut.”
12. Kathleen Battle
Kathleen Battle is well known for her beautiful soprano voice. She also got a lot of unwanted public attention in the 1990s, when she was fired from the Metropolitan Opera. Her dismissal from the company was largely due to her unprofessional and diva-like actions, which included treating the cast and crew of her productions very poorly. Some of the people who worked with Kathleen even got t-shirts that read “I Survived The Battle.” She pretty much confirmed the rumors that she was a diva when she was asked about her behavior during an interview and walked out. Battle has also been known to go to restaurants and make ridiculous demands, such as not having too many peas in her soup. She sounds like a lovely lady.
11. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones has been known for not looking or acting as beautiful as she does on screen. Zeta-Jones is said to walk around with a scowl on her face, and isn’t very nice to waiters when she goes out to eat. A waiter who used to work at a popular restaurant in New York City stated that Catherine doesn’t make eye contact or smile when she’s interacting with “the help,” and she has a tendency to be rude if the wait staff asks for clarification on her order. Zeta-Jones also once demanded that the restaurant serve her a salad that had been taken off the menu. Even though the wait staff was very attentive, the actress reportedly tends to only tip between 8 and 10%. Not pretty.
10. Jeremy Piven
Looks like actor Jeremy Piven took his role as Ari Gold in the hit series Entourage, a little too seriously. Due to his recent behavior, it’s pretty clear that Piven has used some of his entitled and obnoxious behavior from real life to make the character of Ari more believable. While in Aspen for a comedy festival, Piven allegedly behaved so terribly that the manager at Nobu asked him to leave and never come back. Nobu is known for welcoming celebrities who love sushi, so this was likely pretty embarrassing for Piven. His ego was so bruised that he left an Entourage DVD as a tip and left the restaurant after saying, “thanks for nothing.” Classic Ari Gold.
9. Lea Michele
Lea Michele is best known for her starring role on the Fox show Glee. Unfortunately, she’s also known for being completely terrible to waiters in restaurants. Michele apparently harassed one of the servers who was waiting on her, and made fun of him when he tried to explain the ingredients in one of the dishes offered at the restaurant. She chastised the waiter, telling him he had no idea what he was talking about and complained about the waiter to several restaurant managers. During this incident, Lea was out with her family, and even sent her father to knock on the kitchen windows to ask when the food would be ready, even though she’d placed her order less than 20 minutes before. According to one of the waiters at the restaurant, the actress and her family were a real pain, and only tipped 10 percent.
8. Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner is probably the least annoying of the Kardashian family, but that doesn’t mean she’s completely in touch with reality. Jenner didn’t seem to understand why a restaurateur wouldn’t serve her alcohol, even though she’s underage. After all, she’s a big celebrity and supermodel, so how is it that she can’t get everything she wants at all times? When a server at Mercer Kitchen refused to give Jenner a cocktail, she left without paying her bill! This led the server to chase her out of the restaurant and demand the money. Kendall then allegedly threw some twenties in the server’s face and walked away while socializing with her girlfriends. How charming.
7. Tiger Woods
There are several reasons why Tiger Woods doesn’t have such a great reputation in the media. Woods was at the center of a pretty big scandal when he cheated on his then-wife with several different women. He also had a falling out with Hank Haney, his former golf coach. After the public dispute, Haney revealed that Tiger was a real jerk. The coach stated that Woods would force his dining companions to leave the restaurant when he felt like leaving. Hank also stated that Tiger was known for tipping little or nothing when he ate out, even though he’s worth around half a billion dollars.
6. Warren Sapp
Warren Sapp hasn’t exactly been in good standing with the media for the entirety of his NFL career. He now works as a commentator, and still can’t seem to behave himself in public at times. After dining at a sports bar, Warren wrote the words “boys don’t tip” on his receipt. Apparently, he did this because his waiter referred to him and his friends as “boys” during his time at the restaurant (as in, “What can I get you boys to drink?”). Sapp didn’t deny the incident, but restaurant surveillance showed that the waiter came to Sapp’s table more than 20 times in the two hours he and his friends were there. The former athlete didn’t appear bothered or unhappy—until it was time to tip. Looks like Sapp just didn’t want to shell out the cash.
Usher may be a talented singer, dancer, actor and former judge on The Voice, but there are probably some waiters out there who would say he’s a bit of a jerk. According to sources, Usher visited a restaurant years ago and tried to use his celebrity status to get the bartender to sell him alcohol, even though he was under 21. Years later, he went to the same restaurant and left his autograph in lieu of a tip. Both instances sound pretty obnoxious. He’d better start using more manners if he wants to get back in the good graces of his fans.
4. Sean Combs
Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy, aka Puffy, aka Puff Daddy, aka Puff) has made billions from Ciroc, his brand of vodka. He’s also been pretty successful as a producer and rapper, and has worked with groups like Danity Kane, along with veteran artists like Mary J. Blige. Combs has even rapped about how much money he has in a variety of songs. So, why would he have such a hard time tipping waiters appropriately? Apparently, Combs was out with 14 of his friends, and racked up a pretty huge tab. However, he only left a $40 tip. That’s far from a decent tip for a person who can practically make millions in his sleep.
3. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby hasn’t exactly been in the spotlight for good reasons these days. The number of women who have accused him of coercing them into sex continues to grow, and his reputation of being America’s Favorite TV Dad is waning fast. Cosby, who has also been an entertainer for decades and is a long-time supporter of education and community development, is apparently a bad tipper as well. One server confirmed that the actor and comedian left a $3 tip for a bill that was over $300. Apparently, Cosby doesn’t fully understand the value of money when he’s not the one making it.
You’d think the “Material Girl” knows how to tip her servers well and at least be polite when dining out, since she’s been in the business for so long. Wrong. Sources say that Madonna once paid an $18 tip for a bill that was around $400. That’s pretty disappointing, to say the least. However, we can’t say we’re too surprised. After Madonna’s recent (and extremely inappropriate) kiss with Drake at Coachella and her desperate attempts to prove that she’s still “got it” by wearing corsets and fishnets on stage, it’s no shock that Madonna still has a lot to learn when it comes to social graces.
1. Sean Penn
Sure, we haven’t seen too much of Sean Penn in movies this days. However, the Dead Man Walking star (he is also Charlize Theron’s ex-boyfriend and Madonna’s ex-husband) still has the money to enjoy a great dinner every once in a while. Penn recently visited a restaurant in New Orleans, where his bill came out to $450. The wait staff was probably anticipating a pretty healthy tip since the bill was so large, which is logical. However, Sean Penn left nothing for the people who likely waited on him hand and foot. That’s right. Not one red cent. He’s been known for being pretty cheap when it comes to tipping, so perhaps it’s time for Penn to try and land more roles so he’ll actually be prepared for dining out.