If you're ordering in tonight and you live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, watch out: Some vigilante bicycle delivery guy has set up a blog posting the names and addresses of people who give him crappy tips.
No tip [redacted address] last night, in middle of third monsoon of evening. elevator opens, i drip on floor, he laughs at me. i say 20 dollars, he says here's 20 dollars. [full name redacted]
This seems to be the art project of some dude named Larry Fox. Fox, a "20 year old designer and developer" told Gothamist that "I just got tired of all these big companies, these TV shows and movie sets giving us two or three dollar tips on a $90 order. The excuse is that 'we can't tip because that's what corporate says' is wrong. I find it disrespectful. And I wanted to make people aware of that." Sure, one entry is about Fox getting stiffed by the wardrobe department of the Good Wife, but a lot of these just seem to be like individual cheapskates.
We called Urban Rustic deli, one of Fox's employers. Owner Luis Illades said that Fox was a member of a "close-knit group of kids" who deliver for a bunch of Williamsburg restaurants. Asked if he was concerned about the names and addresses of his customers being posted to the Internet, Illades said "It's an art project—I have to support everyone's art and voice." That's Williamsburg, folks!
This will either end in a mass conversion of all Williamsburg denizens into gracious tippers or Fox getting beaten up. Either way, this blog probably won't be around for very much longer. [Gothamist, photo via Tumblr]
Update: Fox has taken all addresses down at the behest of Tumblr. And Urban Rustic owner Luis Illades says his business has been getting threatening calls about his delivery boy's project. He wants to make it clear that he views tipping as optional—a "social nicety"—and is not "in cahoots" with Fox.