Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan blasted for not tipping during Italian honeymoon

a4fb6d9f76e6cb4ca088d0f50d383e54
via Facebook

He’s a multi-billionaire, but Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for his less than hospitable patronage at some restaurants he’s visited during his honeymoon. He may be a big spender, but some Italian food service workers say he is certainly not a big tipper. In fact, he’s not a tipper at all.

Zuckerberg has been traipsing through Italy with new bride Priscilla Chan, trying to fly below the radar as they see the country’s tourist sites. However, that proved to be an impossible feat after a tourist spotted the starry-eyed couple gazing up at the Sistine Chapel, and tweeted a photo of them, exposing their honeymoon location to the world.

It didn’t take long before their every move got picked up by the media, and now the couple is the center of attention for their lack of tipping at two restaurants.

Servers at Nonna Betta, a Roman Jewish restaurant in Rome, told Corriere della Sera newspaper that Zuckerberg and Chan spent 32 Euros (the equivalent of about 40 dollars) on a lunch of deep-friend artichokes, fried pumpkin flowers and stuffed ravioli, bottled water and tea. Zuckerberg paid the bill, but declined to leave any gratuity. And workers at the restaurant were quick to point out that it wasn’t because he didn’t enjoy the meal.

“I asked him ‘how was it?’ and he said ‘very good’”, the owner, who gave only his first name, Umberto, told the Italian newspaper. “I had gone up to him and said ‘Are you …?’ and he said ‘Yes’.”

Zuckerberg and Chan also didn’t leave a tip after a meal the night before at another Roman restaurant, Pierluigi.

Why is it that Zuckerberg and Chan aren’t tipping their Italian servers? While tipping is not as common in Italy as it is in the United States, it is generally acceptable to leave between 5 and 10 percent. Perhaps Zuckerberg thought he was already paying for a tip through a servizio (service charge), which is often seen on restaurant checks in Italy. However, a photo of the bill from Nonna Betta, posted by The Telegraph, shows that a servizio was not included.

Maybe, with Facebook’s IPO troubles, Zuckerberg’s just trying to cut down on expenses?



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…

Movies

Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…