Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, hot on a campaign to seek the presidency of the United States, ate at an Ohio Chipotle restaurant to show her solidarity with the American middle class — and then neglected to leave a tip.
“Her bill was $20 and some change, and they paid with $21 and left without putting anything in a tip jar on the counter,” Charles Wright, the manager at the Maumee, Ohio, Chipotle restaurant told Bloomberg Politics.
Clinton arrived at the fast-food restaurant chain with her most trusted aide, Huma Abedin, wife of disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. (It was a transparent stunt to show just how “down-to-earth” the jet-setting former first lady really is, and nobody bought it anyway.)
Rather than depositing the paltry change — amounting to less than a dollar — into the tip jar, it was pocketed.
“We get a bunch of tips,” said Wright, who only realized that the customer had been the presidential candidate after news organizations began calling the restaurant and he had reviewed surveillance video. “If we’re doing our job right, people tip.”
Well, they don’t always tip, obviously. And in Clinton’s case, the act of not tipping runs against the grain of the image she wants to project — a champion of the middle class.
Radio host Rush Limbaugh first raised the question on his show on Tuesday, a day after the Chipotle visit.
“But I would like to know if she left anything in the tip jar, because that would be an indication that she understands the average, ordinary, everyman that she seeks to represent,” he said. “I mean, that’s where the people that work at Chipotle, that’s where they make a little extra, in the tip jar, and I haven’t heard a word about whether or not she visited the tip jar, whether she put anything in it or not.”
Clinton was was criticized last year for her $200,000-plus speaking fees, as well as the perks she demanded simply to appear. They included 16-passenger, $39 million private jets to transport her and her staff to each speaking venue, and nothing less than a presidential suite during her stay.
No dinky little Lear Jets for her — she’s Hillary Clinton after all — or is she a rock star?
Folks on Twitter saw it all as a matter of course for the Clintons of Arkansas.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 15, 2015
— Ted Tidwell (@tedtidwell) April 15, 2015
— Rachel Toler (@RachelToler2) April 15, 2015
To be fair, although I occasionally drop my change into the tip jar at a fast food restaurant, I don’t do it as a matter of course.
But then again, I’m not running for political office, I’m not trying to prove anything and I’m not trying to identify with the middle class. I don’t have to — I’m a member in good standing.
Champion of the working class? More like its leech.
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