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Drew Brees caught in tipping controversy over takeout order

2:44 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
Quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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By Nick Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports

NEW ORLEANS, La. (USA TODAY Sports) - A leaked photo of a restaurant take-out receipt sparked controversy over the amount New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees - he of the $100 million contract - feels fit to leave as a tip. Brees ordered takeout from the Del Mar Rendezvous Chinese fusion restaurant in Del Mar, Calif., and his total with tax came out to $74.41. Brees left a $3 tip on the order (4%), angering gossip site The Dirty, which first publicized the photo.

Brees got plenty of flak from fans and service workers alike, but public opinion on Twitter is split. Most non-NFL players (including me) never tip on a takeout order, so why should Brees? Just because he has treasure chests full of money doesn't mean he's obligated to make it rain at the local Chinese fusion place. Brees responded to the issue on Twitter, clarifying that if he had sat down and ate at the restaurant, he would have tipped generously

Daniel Schreiber, managing partner of the Del Mar Rendezvous, felt bad that the receipt leaked and Brees fell under fire for the tip, and decided to donate money to Brees' foundation to make up for it.

"I... have issued a personal apology to Mr. Brees along with a personal donation of $888.88 (eight is the luckiest number in Chinese culture) to his Brees Dream Foundation today... [The receipt] would indicate that Mr. Brees is a very generous individual, as it would be a take-out receipt... and takeout orders do not usually garner a tip at our restaurant."

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