They Know They Got It: Celebrities Accused Of Being Cheap

September 5, 2013  |  
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As a result of tough times, many people have become frugal with their money but while that is normal behavior for everyday folks, these cheap celebrities have been accused of having short arms regardless of their deep pockets.



She may be a “Material Girl” but pop diva Madonna is stingy when it comes to tipping. Unfortunately, she’s been known to skip out on the bill without leaving a tip and when she does, sometimes Madonna’s math is a little off. According to one British tabloid, Madonna and her then-husband Guy Ritchie went out for a bite to eat. The bill for the duo came up to about $400 but Madonna, who is worth a reported $300 million, only left a tip of a measly $18, well short of the recommended 20% gratuity.


Bobby Brown

Singer Bobby Brown has earned a reputation as being the bad boy of R&B but when it comes to taking care of the servers, the “Don’t Be Cruel” singer is also bad at that. The New Edition member took his family to a local restaurant for an outing and he was reportedly rude to the staff. While the clan ate, Brown let his children “run amok through the restaurant” unsupervised and winded up leaving a $15 gratuity on a whopping $250 tab. Now that is cruel.


Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey’s uber-diva behavior is legendary. Who can forget the MTV “Cribs” episode featuring Carey who stood drinking a glass of champagne while her assistant strapped on the “Beautiful” singer’s high heels? Carey’s diva behavior was in full effect when she showed up to a New York restaurant after hours with her entire entourage demanding service. After the waiters were forced to stay at work later than they had originally planned, they were rewarded for their hard service with zero dollars for a tip.


Justin Timberlake

Being a celebrity comes with many perks, one of them being the recipients of free swag. While at a restaurant in Brisbane, Australia, Justin Timberlake had his $135 lunch comped on the house. All he had to do was leave a tip for the meal. Even though the “Suit & Tie” singer clearly has more than enough money in his account to leave at the very least a 20% gratuity, Timberlake danced away and left nothing.


Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven played a high-powered and an extremely well connected agent in the HBO series “Entourage” but apparently all of that fake power went to his head. Piven ended up getting himself banned from New York’s Nobu Matsuhisa restaurant for being rude to the servers and leaving zilch for the tip. To make matters worse, Piven slipped one member of the staff a copy of the first season of his hit HBO show on DVD. An employee hurled the collector’s item back at Piven as he exited the restaurant.


Tyra Banks

Supermodel Tyra Banks started to build her empire before she retired from the runway. After a successful talk show and best-selling books, the “America’s Next Top Model” creator and executive producer has quite a pretty penny in the bank. Although she can afford to splurge on the finer things in life, Banks has admitted to being tight with a dollar. “I am frugal,” said Banks. “I’ve always been this way. When I was young, my mom would give me my allowance, and I’d peel off a little each week and have some to spare.” Banks also confessed to stealing hotel shampoo and soap and even copped to buying two-ply toilet paper and separating the sheets in order to use one ply at a time.


Harrison Ford

Actor Harrison Ford has had a very successful career in Hollywood. Reportedly worth more than $300 million, the Clear and Present Danger actor is one of the highest grossing domestic box office stars in the country, in large thanks to the multi-billion dollar Indiana Jones franchise. But saving a buck wherever he can, Ford admitted to being frugal while out on a date with third wife Calista Flockhart: “Calista and I went to the movies and I ordered one adult and one senior citizen. I saved $6.”


Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney took the world by storm as one fourth of the British invasion The Beatles. After achieving superstar status with the group, McCartney went at it alone as he embarked on a solo career. The music business has definitely been great to the singer who is worth a reported $1 billion. But that doesn’t mean McCartney is careless with his money. McCartney once made invited guests pay for their own drinks at a birthday party for then wife Heather Mills. Guess he knew the marriage wouldn’t last.


LeBron James

LeBron James is gearing up to start the NBA season with back-to-back championship wins but before he won the crown, James was accused of being a poor tipper. The reigning MVP reportedly asked a Cleveland steakhouse to have its doors stay open until 4AM, well after its closing time, so he could party with his friends. After a good time was had by all, James and his friends cleared out of the establishment leaving a paltry $10 on an $800 bill. No wonder the Cleveland fan never really missed their former king.


Teri Hatcher

Actress Teri Hatcher got her start performing for millions as a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers. After snagging bit work on various television shows for almost a decade, Hatcher finally got her big break as Lois Lane on the series “Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman” in the mid 90’s. Even though she was receiving a steady paycheck on that show then as Susan Mayer on ABC’s hit show “Desperate Housewives,” Hatcher still acts as if she’s living from check to check. “I drive my cars for 10 years until they have 100,000 miles on them,” Hatcher confessed.


Tiger Woods

With one win after another and numerous multi-million dollar endorsement deals, Tiger Woods is well on his way to become a billionaire athlete. The number one ranked golfer in the world was accused of being an Indian giver. Woods apparently gave a waiter a five-dollar tip but then snatched the money off of the table and stuffed it back into his pocket when he realized he tipped that exact same waiter earlier in the evening. Every penny counts when on the hunt towards the one billion dollar mark…


Mick Jagger

At 70 years old, Mick Jagger has more than 50 years of experience rocking the crowd while performing with his band the Rolling Stones. Although he’s in control on the stage, at home Jagger left things for his spouse to take care of, including all of the bills, this according to ex-wife Jerry Hall. “He always wanted me to pay for everything to do with the house and the children,” Hall revealed. “He’s generous with gifts and presents, but yeah, he’s pretty tight with the day-to-day stuff.”


Britney Spears

Singer Britney Spears has been a star before she could legally drive so much of her life has been wel chronicled in the media — including her penchant for being a little stingy with her money. While out for a night on the town, the “Oops… I Did It Again” singer and an entourage stopped off at a restaurant to get a bite to eat. Spears left just a $26 tip for a bill that totaled up to be more than $500. She also notoriously dropped some change on the ground for valet and said, “There’s your tip.”


Sean Penn

Sean Penn may be one of Hollywood’s sexiest eligible bachelors but he’s also known for skipping out without leaving a tip. While out at a New Orleans restaurant with three other patrons, the Mystic River star and his friends reportedly had a great time consuming over $450 worth of food and alcohol. But when the waiter came back to collect the bill, the amount for the gratuity was considerably light: zero dollars.



R&B singer Usher is used to doing things his way and has a throng of screaming fans wherever he goes as a result. But Usher may have let things go to his head a bit too much. The “Burn” singer reportedly went out for a night of fun and food at a restaurant and when the bill came, Usher left what he apparently thought was a priceless tip: his autograph. Usher has become known for allegedly trying to get someone else to pick up the tab.

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  • Loki

    Y’all realized for party of 5 there is a mandatory 20% gratuity added already so why would people add to that again like seriously .

  • hiswomanandlovingit

    Tyra Banks, Harrison Ford, Teri Hatcher….i commend all of them. there is nothing wrong with pinching a penny. if i were rich people would have all types of jokes on me because i would still be shopping at discount stores. but the others, that is just rude. if you cant afford to tip decently or at all, dont go to a sit down restaurant. when you go there you arent paying just for the food, you are paying for the experience as well. the food being made to your liking, the drinks on refill, the ambiance the whole she-bang.

  • Yaiyo50

    NOT one of those celebs look African-American….REALLY NOW

  • Majorly_Mojo

    it can also be due to the kind of service they were given ya know…case by case scenario does not necessarily mean they’re cheap but ok….

  • S. Kiara Williams

    In Tyra’s case and Harrison Ford’s there is nothing wrong with saving habits. Movies cost too damn much and toilet paper runs out too soon (where does it go?!?!? do we really use that much in a day lol). The tipping thing is too much like dang you can’t help people out. There is no way I would wait on my favorite celebrity just to find out that he/she is a self-absorbing rude snob and leave no tip. I would remove every facet of them out of my life and post on every blog and social media I could lol

  • CC

    I believe people who make less money will probably give u a better tip because they truly have penny pinched before…those with money may believe it is their money they worked for and shouldn’t have to share it… I see many on here say waiters live off of tips, I would really try to find another job so I wouldn’t have to live, worrying about if someone will leave a tip or not…and restaurants need to pay their employees more if they are working this hard!!!

  • Ytip

    If a works for tips, that’s between the server and their employer. There is no need for the customer to suffer. Meals aren’t priced lower to adjust for tips. The person who cooks the meal doesn’t work for tips, and the quality of service shouldn’t be based on a presumed tip (if you provide bad service then you will be fired). Working for tips is a bad job to take because no customer owes you anything because you are doing a job that you agreed to perform. Also, if a person’s bill is $20 or $200 why does a server feel that they should be paid more? A $20 meal can take the same amount of time to carry to the table and weigh the same as a $200 meal. The only difference is that the owner decided to price one item at $20 and another at $200. The server’s effort has not increased or decreased. The reason why many people with money tip little or nothing is because many of them have worked hard for their money, and this is not to say that being a server is easy work but many people attribute reward to effort. And honestly, it is not difficult to bring food to a table or refill a beverage. The server did not cook the meal (the cook doesn’t work for tips), the server does essentially the same thing that the counter person at Wendy’s, Burger King, or McDonalds does and none of them work for tips. So the problem isn’t that people are cheap or don’t tip. The issue is that servers let someone convince them to work for less than minimum wage on the hope that patrons that consume food that they did not prepare will reward them financially for ferrying food from the kitchen to a table and doing the same thing that the kid at In & Out gets $10 an hour to do. Yup, the problem isn’t the customer, it’s the owner and server. Just giving out game.

    • Ladylove223

      I see your point and have always thought that the salary of wait staff in restaurants should be revisited and increased because not everyone will tip what they should, if anything at all. However, typically when the bill is high there are multiple people to serve, which does increase the wait staff’s efforts a bit.

  • Ladylove223

    Must be nice to have a 10 year old car with only 100k miles on it. Mine is only 5 years old and I’m pushing 115k. Smh.

    • PolkaDots

      Yeah, I use to drive thee HECK out of my cars. Now not so much.

  • cynmac

    I don’t have a problem with the drive old cars or use less toilet paper stories. I do that and it affects no one but me. But the tipping thing (or lack thereof) is douchey.

  • Just saying!!

    Wow….I’m in disbelief. I mean I knew some celebs were full of themselves but this is just hard to belief. My mind doesn’t want to believe that there are really people that vain. How disgusting. (I don’t think Tyra’s was bad though, she’s just trying to be resourceful—that’s different from being disrespectful and putting people through madness and stealing someone’s hard earned money smdh)

    • PolkaDots

      No Tyra’s was THE WORSE. Peeling off 1 ply of the 2 ply toilet paper dude? Crazy.

      • KS

        What’s wrong with that? She’s saving the environment…1 ply at a time

  • Ouch*Dee*Thats*Bottom!

    Could someone please explain to me again why they feel entitled to someone else’s hard earned money?

    • cynmac

      The servers are generally paid less than minimum wage and survive from tips. Obviously you have never had a job like that our you wouldn’t need to ask. If the restaurants paid their staff what they were worth, the food would cost more. Some people feel like the system is fair because tips keep the wait staff working harder. But it only works if everyone who goes to a sit down restaurant tips. I used to tell my ex (who hated to tip) to eat fast food if he didn’t like the reward system. There folks generally get paid a little more than minimum because there are no tips. Oh, and I won’t frequent a restaurant if I hear that the owners take the tips.

      • CC

        get a different job

        • DTJ

          If everyone could “get a different job” then there would be no need for restaurants then now would there? You would no longer be able to eat out at your favorite restaurant because everyone took your advice and got a different job. Some people actually love waiting on people because they are excellent in customer service and they actually LIKE making other peoples day.

          • CC

            Then the restaurant needs to pay them more so they wouldn’t have to worry about tips…I mean who wants to worry about how many tips they are going to get tonight…for example if they need gas money, etc…

  • Dominique Cox-Harris

    JT that was a D****move my
    man, that was a D**** move . I kinda dislike him a little bit now, now I have to Reevaluate the way I look at him now. Spoil little D****bag, he plays so sweet and cute sometimes, but he could be spoil little D****bag. That extra note from JC at the awards made so much more Sense now. Cuz Justin is a D***bag …..yup

  • ziggyzowh

    I used to work at H&M, my coworkers would tell me that Usher would come in and trying to ask for the manager so he can get the manager’s discount.

    • PolkaDots

      What the f^ck was Usher doing at H&M? Wow.

  • realadulttalk

    Nothing new–I waitressed in college and it was common knowledge that the businessmen would give you crappy tips but the college students (who were mostly broke) would tip quite well. It’s how the rich stay rich–by keeping the poor just that…poor.

  • Mia

    The self entitlement of these creatures is appalling. I can’t stand people like that.

  • CKT76