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
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
8 Kendall Jenner
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
4 Sean Combs
3 Bill Cosby
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.