Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Donald Trump left a Buffalo Club waiter a $10,000 tip.
Example: [Derober, December 2007]
Origins: Tycoon Donald Trump may espouse in his "Waiter Rule" that "how you treat a waiter or a waitress reveals a lot about your character" so "don't forget to leave a big tip," but this December 2007 rumor about his having left a $10,000 tip on an $82 tab for a waiter at Santa Monica's Buffalo Club was (like other Trump tales) pure fabrication.
As the Los Angeles Times described, the Trump Tip account was completely fictional, a hoax made up by the web site Derober.com and propagated by a number of other sites that failed to make any attempt to verify the story:
Everything about the story was false, such as the plausible-looking receipt showing the monster tip and Trump's signature, the existence ofLast updated: 15 August 2010
Not quite. The story, it turns out, was fabricated, soup to nuts, by a 4-month-old snap-and-gab site called Derober.com. Derober is run by two brothers from Venice Beach — both professional photographers — and specializes in doing funny things with celebrity-related images.
Reached by phone, Derober's John Resig, 29, spilled the beans and laughingly marveled at the hoax's success. "How many people get on the front page of Fox News with a story that doesn't contain one single ounce of truth?" he wondered in amazement.
Resig supplied screen shots of the Fox News home page, where the story had been displayed for hours with a photo and the headline "Trump Change." A Foxnews.com representative did not deny that the story had been posted on the site for some time but noted that an update had also had been added noting that the original story was false.
Derober's Resig [said] not a soul had contacted him or his site to verify any of the evidence — let alone question it. "You could drive a Mack truck through the holes in this story," said Resig. "There was no effort made at due diligence. Which would've taken, by the way, like two minutes and a cellphone. Like, really."
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