The “Libertarian Tip” Is Now Something That Diners Are Doing, And Waiters Probably Love It

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A customer at a Missouri restaurant recently left this little ditty for their server:

It turns out you can still leave money for your server and make a bold statement to the government in the process.

The picture first appeared on Reddit and shows that the customer wrote “$0” in the the space for the tip, but still left an over-20% cash tip with a note saying, “This is not a tip. This is a personal gift and not subject to federal or state income taxes.”

There have been plenty of stories about customers leaving enormous tips, as well as customers leaving bible verses instead of tips, so this seems to fall somewhere in the middle.

According to the political party’s website, Libertarians state that in the U.S., “all political parties other than our own grant government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.”

But while publicly against taxation, Libertarians do believe that people should be able to give money to whatever and whomever they choose, saying “If Americans want to give money to the government for one reason or another, they should be free to do so. If Americans prefer to spend their money on other things, then they should be free to do that also.”

This Twitter user weighed in with his opinion:

So while it’s unclear who would volunteer to pay for things like schools and roads, the cash tip was probably appreciated by the server, since most servers prefer cash tips anyway. That way they can choose how much of it, if any, they want to report on their taxes.

So it looks like maybe there’s a little Libertarian in all of us. But only just a little.

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